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International Women's Day: College News

Written by Eleanor Sanger, posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Alongside the stories of individual women who've been doing great things both at Christ Church and further afield, there have also been a few events from the past year about women in relation to wider college and university life. Click on the links to read the full stories:


On 6th February Christ Church joined with other colleges and institutions across Oxford to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage by raising the Votes for Women flag in Peckwater Quad. There was a city-wide raising of the flag to mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification, and enfranchised all men over the age of 21 for the first time. The initiative was organised by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) in collaboration with city and county Council representatives, and other cultural organisations in the city.

In June 2017 we unveiled a portrait of Professor Judith Pallot, which is the first portrait of a female fellow which is up in the Hall. Professor Pallot was the college’s first female Official Student (Fellow), joining the college in 1979. She was appointed only 6 years after the Balliol was the first traditionally all-male college to elect a woman as a Fellow and Tutor. The first female students started at Christ Church in 1980, around the same time as the rest of the previously all-male colleges started admitting women. After Professor Pallot’s arrival at Oxford, she was responsible for developing the teaching and research of Soviet and Russian Geography, and actively sought to promote interdisciplinary links in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Whilst at Christ Church she taught core papers in Human Geography, as well as the geography of post-Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe. She was also involved in teaching a final-year paper that forms part of the Geography honours course, focussing on the geography of Russian and East Central Europe, as well as lecturing in the first year course on Cold War political geography. She was a graduate supervisor for topics ranging from environmental issues and rural society, to contemporary urban change.

In April last year we announced the winners of the 2017 Tower Poetry Competition – and all of the 6 winners and runners up were female! The theme was ‘stone’ and attracted over 1000 entries, from which Ella Standage was selected as the winner of the £3000 first prize for her poem ‘rosetta’. The second prize of £1000 went to Annie Fan with ‘Quianling Stele’, with the third prize (£500) going to Rachel Oyawale with ‘If I Gave You a Stone’. The other shortlisted winners, receiving £250 each, were Freya Gray Stone, Flora Barber, and Sofia Al-Hussaini.