Category: women in academia

Jane Meade Welch (1854-1931) was a journalist …

Jane Meade
Welch
(1854-1931)
was a journalist and historian active in the area of Buffalo, New York. She was
the first woman in the city to become a professional journalist and the first
American woman who lectured at Cambridge University.

She worked for the Buffalo Express and then for the Buffalo Courier, while also organising
history classes for women in her home. She ended up giving lectures at several
institutions around the US and beyond, including at Cornell and Cambridge. She
was the first American woman whose work was accepted by the British Association.

Marilyn Strathern (b. 1941) is a British anthr…

Marilyn
Strathern
(b.
1941) is a British anthropologist and professor at the University of Cambridge.
Her research focused on the Mount Hagen people of Papua New Guinea, as well as
on reproductive technologies in the UK.

She was an expert in feminist anthropology, and
published numerous works on gender norms and the status of women in the groups
she studied. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and has received several
honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Marian Dawkins (b. 1945) is a British biologis…

Marian
Dawkins
(b. 1945)
is a British biologist and academic. Her research focuses on a wide range of areas,
such as animal consciousness and welfare or behavioural synchrony.

She obtained her PhD from the University of
Oxford and became a lecturer in zoology, later Professor in Animal Behaviour.
Her research argues that animals should be treated as sentient beings and
should be raised in humane conditions, with regards to their needs. She was the
recipient of numerous awards and was made a Commander of the Order of the
British Empire.

Lisa Appignanesi (b. 1946) is a British-Canadi…

Lisa Appignanesi (b. 1946) is a
British-Canadian novelist. She has served as the President of English PEN and
is currently Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

Among her works are Memory and Desire and Freud’s Women, studies of Freud’s ideas
in relation to women, as well as Mad, Bad
and Sad : A History of Women and the Mind Doctors.
The latter won the
2009 Award for the Public Understanding of Science from the British Medical
Association.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (1898-1989) was…

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
(1898-1989) was a trailbrazer for
African American women in the academic environment. She was the first
African-American woman to obtain a PhD in economics in the United States, as
well as the first to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School in 1923
as its first female African-American student, and was the first to graduate in
1927, the same year she was admitted to the state Bar. She later served as the
President of the John F. Kennedy Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Susanne Langer (1895-1985) was one of the firs…

Susanne
Langer
(1895-1985) was one of the first women in
American history to be professionally recognised as a philosopher. She is best
known for her 1942 book Philosophy in a
New Key
, a thorough study of human thought.

She studied at Radcliffe College and
Harvard, obtaining her doctorate from the latter. Her academic career spanned
decades at numerous institutions across the United States. Although not
particularly well known, she is recognised as a trailblazer for female philosophers
and an important contributor to the discipline.

Amanda Vickery (b. 1962) is an English histori…

Amanda Vickery (b. 1962) is an English
historian and professor. She teaches early modern history at Queen Mary,
University of London.

She holds a PhD in modern history from the
University of London and has won several prizes for her work, including the
Whitfield Prize or the Wolfson History Prize. She is also well known for hosting
a series of BBC history programmes, such as Story
of Women and Art
, which was shortlisted for a Scottish Bafta.

Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907) was a pion…

Elizabeth
Cabot Agassiz
(1822-1907)
was a pioneer of female education and academic endeavours. Among other
accomplishments, she was the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe
College.

In 1869 she became one of the first female
members of the American Philosophical Society. From 1879 onwards, the so-called
“Harvard Annex” for female education grew under her care to become Radcliffe College
and offer women the same academic possibilities as men.

Caroline Hussey (1941-2017) was a microbiologi…

Caroline
Hussey
(1941-2017)
was a microbiologist and academic from Ireland. She was the first female Deputy
President and Registrar of University College Dublin.

She studied at University College and Trinity
College Dublin, earning a PhD in Microbiology. She became the chairwoman of the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 1996, making her one of the
most influential persons in Irish education.

Anna Jónasdóttir (b. 1942) is an Icelandic aca…

Anna
Jónasdóttir
(b.
1942) is an Icelandic academic and political scientist. She is a leading figure
in the research into the concept of love on an international level.

She is the co-director
of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender
Studies, as well as Professor Emerita at the Center for Feminist Social Studies
at Orebro University. She has written several books on the politics of gender,
such as Why Women Are Oppressed or Love:
A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-first Century.