Posted August 20th 2018

Event: ‘A Woman is Not a Person’

On Saturday 15 September 2018, 14.30-16.00, the St Hugh’s College Alumni Association will be hosting a symposium in College on St Hugh’s alumna and law pioneer Gwyneth Bebb (Law, 1908), and the impact of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which enabled women to enter the professions for the first time.

Featuring an eminent panel of speakers, the event will comprise a series of sessions on the short but extraordinary life of Gwyneth Bebb and the impact of her fight against the exclusion of women from the legal profession. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from women who illustrate the significance of the Act and to view a fascinating exhibition curated by St Hugh’s College’s Archivist and Librarian, and Gwyneth’s family. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in the College grounds before the symposium.

Speakers: The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, Principal of St Hugh’s; Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC (Hon.); Carolyn Kirby OBE; Professor Senia Paseta, Tutorial Fellow in History and Tutor for Women at St Hugh’s College, and co-director of Women in the Humanities; The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP; Sheila Cameron CBE QC; Jane Robinson, the author of Bluestockings.

Chair: Veronica Lowe, President of the St Hugh’s College Alumni Association

Standard tickets for this event are £10, and St Hugh’s alumni are eligible to book a free ticket. For further information and booking details, please visit:

Veronica Lowe, Chair:

‘Much has been made of the disappearance of “the brilliant Miss Bebb” – this is her story:  one of courage, determination and visionary thinking.  It is also designed to show her as a charming and gifted person, not simply as a banner headline in the history of female legal pioneers.’