Pre 1920

Beale, Dorothea, On the Education of Girls. A paper read at the Social Science Congress, October, 1865, and reprinted from the Transactions (London, 1866).

Case, Thomas, ‘Against Oxford Degrees for Women’, Fortnightly Review, 58 (1895): 115-203.

Davies, Emily, The Higher Education of Women (London, 1866).

Fawcett, Millicent Garett, ‘Degrees For Women at Oxford’, Contemporary Review, (March 1896): 347-56.

Humphry Ward, Mrs, A Writer’s Reminiscences (London, 1918).

Wordsworth, Elizabeth, First Principles in Women's Education (Oxford, 1894).

Wordsworth, Elizabeth, ‘Women Students at Oxford’, Englishwoman’s Review, (July 1910): 149-52.

Zimmermern, Alice, ‘Women at Oxford Universities’, Littell’s Living Age (1898): 30-38.

Post 1920


Adams, Pauline, Somerville for Women: an Oxford College, 1879-1993 (Oxford, 1996).

Bailey, Gemma, ed., Lady Margaret Hall: A Short History (London, 1923).

Baston, Judy, Her Oxford (Nashville, 2008).

Bingham, Caroline, The History of Royal Holloway College (London, 1987).

Bradley, Katherine and Sweet, Helen, Women in the Professions, Politics and Philanthropy 1840-1940 (Bloomington, 2009).

Brittain, Vera, Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years, 1900-1925 (London, 1978).

Brittain, Vera, The Women at Oxford: A Fragment of History (London, 1960).

Balsdon, Dacre, Oxford Life (London, 1958).

Butler, Ruth, ed., St Anne’s College: A History,1879-1953 (Oxford, 1957).

Darby, Nell, A History of Women’s Lives in Oxford (Yorkshire, 2019).

Dyhouse, Carol, No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities, 1870-1939 (London, 1995)

Harrison, Brian, ed., The History of the University of Oxford, Vol 8 (Oxford, 1994).

Hinchliffe, Tanis, North Oxford (London, 1992).

Griffin, Penny, ed., St Hugh's: 100 Years of Women's Education in Oxford (Basingstoke, 1986).

Lannon, Frances: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: The first 125 years, 1879-2004 (LMH, 2004).

Lodge Eleanor, Terms and Vacations (Oxford, 1938).

Purvis, June, A History of Women’s Education in England (Milton Keynes, 1995).

Rayner, Margaret, A Centenary History of St. Hilda's College (London, 1993).

Reeves, Marjorie, St Anne’s College: An Informal History, 1879-1979 (Oxford, 1979).

Robinson, Jane, Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders (London, 2020).

Robinson, Jane, Bluestockings: the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education (London,2010).

Rogers, Annie, Degrees by Degrees: The Story of the Admission of Oxford Women Students to Membership of the University (Oxford, 1938).

Schwartz, Laura, A Serious Endeavour: Gender, Education and Community at St. Hugh’s, 1886-2011 (London, 2011).

Soares, Joseph, The Decline of Privilege: The Modernization of Oxford University (Stanford, 1999).

Tyack, Geoffrey, Oxford: an architectural guide (Oxford, 1998).

Vickery, Margaret Birney, Buildings for Bluestockings: the social history of women's colleges in late Victorian England (Newark and London, 1999).

Book Chapters

Howarth, Janet, ‘Women’, in The History of the University of Oxford, Vol 8, ed. Brian Harrison, (Oxford, 1994).

Howarth, Janet, '“In Oxford but… not of Oxford": The Women's Colleges', in The History of the University of Oxford, Vol 7, ed. M.G. Brock & M.G. Curthoys, (Oxford, 2000).

Sutherland, Gillian, ‘The Movement for the Higher Education of Women: Its Social and Intellectual Content in England, c1840-80’, in Politics and Social Change in Modern Britain: Essays Presented to A.F Thompson, ed. P.J Waller, (Brighton, 1987).


Howarth, Janet and Curthoys, Mark, ‘The Political Economy of Women’s Higher Education In Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain’, Historical Research, 60, (1987): 209-31.

Oman, Georgia, ‘Segregation, regulation, and the gendering of space at the University of Wales, Bangor, 1884–1907’, Women's History Review, 29:2 (2020): 308-330.

Vicinus, Martha, ‘ “One Life To Stand Beside Me”: Emotional Conflicts in First-Generation College Women in England’, Feminist Studies, (1982): 602-29.

College Publications

Lady Margaret Hall, The Brown Book.

Somerville College Annual Report.

Somerville Students’ Association (SSA) Reports.

The Association of Senior Members (ASM) Reports.

St Anne’s College, The Ship:

St Hugh’s College, The Chronicle, The St Hugh’s Club Paper, St Hugh’s College Reports:

St Hilda’s College, The Chronicle:

Websites (Each Oxford College has an entry in British History Online)