Students at the University of Sydney

Early women students and graduates


The first students were admitted to the University of Sydney in 1852.

However it was not until 1881 that Senate unanimously decided to allow the admission of women, and the passing of the University Amendment Act in 1884 secured the legal rights of women at Sydney University.

The first two women were admitted to the University in 1882, graduating Bachelor of Arts three years later.

Some professors however doubted the suitability of women for their particular discipline or course, and consequently did little to encourage women students. It was therefore difficult for women to enrol in some courses, e.g. Law and Medicine.

Once enrolled, many early women students faced discrimination during their time at the University, from Professors and from male students, e.g. in Medicine.

Then, once they had graduated, many of these early women faced issues of limited employment opportunities and discrimination in the workplace, e.g. in Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Science.

However, by 1990 — just over a century after the first woman graduated — women students outnumbered men for the first time in the history of Sydney University, with 15,000 women enrolled in a student body of 26,000.




The first women undergraduates and graduates


Click on the links below for a snapshot and photos of the first University of Sydney women undergrduate students and graduates in the earliest faculties:


the early women
undergraduates
& graduates:

milestones & galleries  
                                            

the first
women
undergraduates
                                                

the first
women
graduates  
                                             

the
undergraduate
degrees
Agriculture  1917:

Lorna Byrne 
Margaret Ramsay
Muriel Hutton
Isabel Millar

1921:

Lorna Byrne 
Margaret Brebner

Bachelor of
Science in
Agriculture
      Architecture        1918:

Leonore Lukin
Beryl McLaughlin BSc
Ellice Nosworthy
Mary Sheffer

1922:

Leonore Lukin
Beryl McLaughlin BSc
Ellice Nosworthy

Bachelor of Architecture
Arts   1882:

Mary Brown 
Isola Thompson  

1885:

Mary Brown 
Isola Thompson   

Bachelor of
Arts
Dentistry
1905:

Annie Praed LDS
Margaret Barnes LDS

1906:

Annie Praed
Margaret Barnes

Bachelor of
Dental
Surgery

Economics

1913:

Edith Swain BA
Winifred Lipscomb BA

1914:

Edith Swain BA

Bachelor of
Economics
Engineering    1946:

Margaret Angas

1948:

Margaret Angas

Bachelor of
Engineering
Law   1889:

Ada Evans BA

1902:

Ada Evans

Bachelor of
Law
Medicine 1885:

Dagmar Berne
    Arts I, 1884

1893:

Iza Coghlan
Grace Robinson

Bachelor of
Medicine,
Master of
Surgery

Pharmacy  
1900:

– Louisa Wilson
1901:

– Louisa Wilson 

Materia Medica

Science  1886:

Fanny Hunt
    Arts I, 1884

1888:

Fanny Hunt

Bachelor of
Science 

Veterinary Science 1930:

Ann Flashman 

1935:

Patricia Littlejohn

Bachelor of
Veterinary
Science

The life of the early women students


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