Women Making History: 100 Years of Oxford Degrees for Women

Women count. What they do with their lives on the grandest of international stages, or the smallest of domestic hearths; how they learn, work, love, raise their children, shape future generations; how they remember; how they think of the future—it all counts; it is half of history. Please join us as we reflect on the 100-year anniversary of Oxford granting academic degrees to women.

Professor Louise Richardson

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford


The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

67th Secretary of State of the United States


Professor Maggie Snowling

President of St John’s College, Oxford


Professor Brenda E. Stevenson

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women’s History

For the first time, on October 14, 1920, the University of Oxford granted degrees to women, many of whom had successfully completed the work necessary to earn those degrees decades earlier. To mark the Centenary of this transformative event, Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson partnered with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to create a new endowed chair in women’s history at Oxford, the first post of its kind in the world. Professor Brenda Stevenson was soon appointed the inaugural Hillary Rodham Clinton Professor of Women’s History. Vice-Chancellor Richardson launched Oxford’s year-long Centenary celebration in an insightful and thoroughly enjoyable discussion with Secretary Clinton and Professor Stevenson. Recorded Thursday 15 October 2020.