Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Wadham


21 September


3pm onwards (full timings TBC)


Wadham College

The academic year 2024-25 will mark 50 years since Wadham (and four other Oxford colleges) admitted female students, and all alumnae and alumni are warmly invited to join us as we celebrate and reflect on this significant milestone.

For 50 years, Wadham women have been making their mark in the world, going on to do extraordinary things in all walks of life, and we hope that many of you will join us as we look back on half a century of history and forward to the next 50 years.

The College community – tutors, staff, students and alumni – will be organising a series of in-person and virtual events through the year, starting with a College-based event on 21 September 2024, and culminating with a student-alumni celebration in summer 2025.

A Wadham working group comprising Fellows, students, staff and alumni will update the programme of talks and social events over the months ahead.

We very much hope you will join us to celebrate, connect and reconnect with this wonderful community.

Please contact Eli Rubies or William Parry in the Alumni and Development office to find out more.

21st September - Draft Programme

12:30 - 1:30pm - Oxford Meeting Minds - Five @ Fifty: looking to the future

In 1974, Brasenose, Hertford, Jesus, St Catherine’s, and Wadham became the first five traditionally male colleges to admit female students.

Taking place in the Oxford Mathematical Institute, Vice Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey will chair this panel discussion, joined by Mary Ann Sieghart (PPE, 1979) and alumnae from each of the other colleges, as they celebrate what has been achieved over the last 50 years, and consider the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

11/07/24 -
Booking is now open and we have been given a 50% discount code for Wadham alumni for this session - please get in touch for the code prior to booking.

Wadham Programme:

2 - 3pm - Class of ’74 opportunity to ‘congregate and reflect’

Alumni and friends from the initial co-education years at Wadham are invited to come together in College (room TBC) to reminisce about their experiences. This will also be an opportunity to record their experiences as part of our online documentation project, ‘Early Wadham Women’.

3 - 4pm - 'Wadham women: a positive force’, with alumnae whose careers involve advocating for the rights of women and girls in a global context.

Taking place at Wadham and hosted by Wadham Fellows, we are delighted to be joined by speakers including Abby Ajayi (Law, 1998), Verena Knaus (Honorary Fellow | History, 1995) and Lucy Lake (Honorary Fellow | Human Sciences, 1991).

4 - 4:30pm - Break for tea and cakes

4:30 - 5:30pm - Women in the fabric of the Wadham community: then and now

Our women Fellows, Jane Garnett and Claudia Pazos Alonso, will host a discussion about the history of women at the college, what women mean for our community today, and challenges to gender equality in the workplace.

6 - 7:30pm - Drinks reception with music and hors d'oeuvres in the new William Doo Undergraduate Centre Student Lounge.

7:30pm onwards - Two course formal dinner in Hall with speech by Professor Dame Sally Mapstone (Honorary Fellow | English, 1975) followed by JCR bar open until midnight