Beatrice Webb


Celebrating LSE's leading women from 1895 to today

On International Women’s Day 2018 we launched #LSEWomen, a project to tell the stories of some of our inspiring women, from past to present.

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

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

From March to December 2018 the #LSEWomen project celebrated women making a difference through the years. From pioneers of the social sciences and activists to entrepreneurs and inspirational teachers, nominations came in from alumni, staff and students, and we profiled a different woman each week. 

Meet our #LSEWomen 

LSE and women’s history

Visit the LSE History Blog to find out more about women's history and LSE. LSE has a female co-founder, Beatrice Webb, and from its inception in 1895 admitted both female and male students. 

LSE is a member institution of the University of London, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of its first female students in 2018. The University of London’s Leading Women 1868–2018 gallery features 150 notable female figures, including Beatrice Webb and 22 other #LSEWomen. 

As well as a history of strong female students and staff, LSE has extensive archives and special collections on women's history, including the suffrage campaign for votes for women. In November 2018 we renamed three of our buildings after three leading campaigners for women's suffrage: Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.

Beatrice Webb in1875
Beatrice Webb, social reformer and co-founder of LSE