Celebrating Women at St John’s

Elizabeth Mapstone: It's never too late...

Just back from a great celebration of 2000 women at St John’s College, Oxford. Somewhat disconcerting to consider that 2000 men at St John’s was a milestone reached several hundred years ago, while the first women were only admitted in 1979. But now we women have made our mark. The College has a woman President, Professor Maggie Snowling, a woman Vice-President, Professor Kate Nation, (both I am pleased to note psychologists!), and has just appointed its first woman Honorary Fellow, Angela Eagle, MP, Chair of the Labour Party and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (we were undergraduates at the same time). And many of the women who took part in inspirational workshops, chatted round tables over cups of tea, and gathered in the gardens to drink champagne, have had interesting, exciting, even distinguished careers. Women of all shapes and sizes, beliefs, backgrounds and skin colour, clever women all…

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About Elizabeth Mapstone

Author of novels, short stories, a self-help book that really works and a serious work on the psychology of argument. Former psychotherapist, now retired and writing fiction.
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