NEW! Influential Women of Oxford Official Tour

Identify some of the amazing Women of Oxford who were born here, studied here or were just passing through, including Malala Yousafzia, Yvette Cooper, St Frideswide, Benazir Bhutto, Jane Austen, Vera Britton, Amal Clooney, Dorothy L Sayers, Maggie Smith, Lucy Worsley, Felicity Jones.

Recognise their work as Reformers, Politicians, Saints, World Leaders, Authors, Activists, Olympians, Scientists, Nobel Prize Winners, Entrepreneurs, and familiar faces from film and screen.

Learn how they have influenced the cultural, social and political climate here in Britain and some have gone on to be important players on the world stage.

Come and explore the Oxford that nurtured and inspired them with a College visit included.

The tour will run in mid and late summer and include a College visit.

Book early! Only three dates available – Saturday 8th July, Saturday 11th August and Saturday 22nd September – call 01865 686 441 or book below.

Description

  • Identify some of the amazing Women of Oxford who were born here, studied here or were just passing through, including Malala Yousafzia, Yvette Cooper, St Frideswide, Benazir Bhutto, Jane Austen, Vera Britton, Amal Clooney, Dorothy L Sayers, Maggie Smith and Lucy Worsley

 

  • Recognise their work as Reformers, Politicians, Saints, World Leaders, Authors, Activists, Olympians, Scientists, Nobel Prize Winners, Entrepreneurs, and familiar faces from film and screen

 

  • Learn how they have influenced the cultural, social and political climate here in Britain and some have gone on to be important players on the world stage

 

  • Come and explore the Oxford that nurtured and inspired them with a College visit included

 

A rare chance to join a specialist woman Tour Guide on this tour celebrating the centenary this year of Women’s Suffrage ( 6 Feb 1918) and soon afterward, on 7 October 1920 the right to take degrees  – Women had studied at Oxford since the 1870s. But until 1920, they were not admitted as full members and were not even entitled to claim the degrees they had earned. Somerville was one of the first Oxford College to confer degrees and is named after the hugely influential mathematician, Emily Somerville.

Full equality between the sexes took much longer. A quota limiting the total number of women was not abolished until 1957. What’s more, the colleges and halls that make up the university remained single-sex well into the Seventies and sometimes beyond. St Benet’s Hall was the last to go fully co-educational, in 2015.

This tour looks at the lives of women students, residents and leading lights of Oxford University in the Britain of yesterday and how they have influenced the women of today – as how indeed today’s generations of women continue to enjoy and expand the privileges and freedoms to work in a variety of industries and headline in broadcasting – Fiona Bruce. Also looking at invaluable contributions made by women, often unheralded until now, in the fields of science, mathematics, and medicine.

A chance to look around this fabled University City and see how far women have come with a view to thinking how far the women of the future need to go to establish equal rights.

Your Guide

Your friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Guide will be highly trained and professional and will be wearing a Blue or Green Badge awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Your Guide will also be a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides. They will be happy to help with any questions and also to advise on what else you might like to see as part of your stay in Oxford.

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Additional information

Your booking

The booking is held under the Cardholder's name and is non-transferrable and non-refundable. Your tour tickets are valid for the date and time booked only.

10% Discount

Your eTicket entitles you to a 10% discount off merchandise (excluding other tickets) in the Visitor Information Shop.

Accessibility

Wheelchair users are welcome on all Oxford Official Walking Tours. In order that we can best accommodate you, please phone us on 01865 686 441 in advance of booking to check access to colleges, which is restricted in some cases due to the age of the buildings. Please see mobility services on the Westgate Centre website.

Children

Children are welcome and must be accompanied by 1 adult per 2 children. Pushchairs may need to be left outside the College or at the Porters Lodge at the owner's risk.

College visits

Every effort is made to ensure that a college visit is included on your tour. Colleges are working institutions and reserve the right to close on the day.

Liability

Experience Oxfordshire and The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides accept no liability for any loss or damage whatsoever in connection with this tour.

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You eTicket

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