Edinburgh University admitted female medical students - On this day in


12 November 2019
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Edinburgh University admitted female medical students for the first time on 12 November 1869. ...

Edinburgh University admitted female medical students for the first time on 12 November 1869. One of the first students was Hastings student Sophia Jex-Blake (pictured) who persuaded the university authorities to allow her and her friend Edith Pache to attend medicine lectures. Despite Jex-Blake's success on the course, she was unable to graduate, as women were not allowed to practice on medical wards.

Jex-Blake later transferred to Dublin, and established a successful career in medicine. It would be another twenty years before British Medical Schools would allow female medical students to graduate.

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