Celebrating LSE's inspiring leading women from 1895 to today

2018 marks the centenary of the first votes for women in the UK and the 150th anniversary of the first female students at the University of London, of which we are a member.

I believe that through this campaign, we have an unprecedented opportunity to promote equality throughout our society and beyond.

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

Follow our weekly series profiling inspiring women associated with LSE, which launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March. Look out for more profiles of #LSEwomen both contemporary and historical, over the coming months. 

LSE and women’s history

LSE was founded in 1895 and joined the University of London in 1900. LSE has a female co-founder and from its inception admitted women alongside men as students. Today, LSE has a greater percentage of female students than ever (52%), a female Director and a female Chair of Council.

LSE Library is marking the centenary of partial suffrage in 2018, all based on the rich material in The Women’s Library.

Meet our Leading Women 

Mary Danvers Stocks credit National Portrait Gallery

Mary Danvers Stocks

This LSE alumna and life-long activist was one of 24 women teaching at LSE in 1918, when the first women got the vote.

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Eugenia Charles, credit Alamy

Eugenia Charles

Did you know that Dominica’s first female prime minister studied at LSE in the 1940s?

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Beatrice Webb in1875

Beatrice Webb

Meet Beatrice Webb, LSE co-founder and pioneering social reformer.

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A headshot of Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

Read a biography about the LSE Director and alumna, and why she is part of this campaign.

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Get involved with the campaign using #LSEwomen

The University of London

The University of London’s Leading Women 1868–2018 gallery  features 150 notable female University of London figures. As a member institute of the University of London, this includes inspiring women from LSE.