Oxford historian Jane Robinson would love to hear from alumni for her forthcoming book on women pioneers in the professions from 1920 onwards

Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson in the main quad of Somerville College, Monday 27th November, 2017

Well-known Oxford author and historian Jane Robinson (Somerville, 1978) is appealing to alumni for submissions regarding pioneering women in the professions following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of December 1919.

Her project will be published as a book in time for the 2020 centenary of the entry of women into the professions. She says:

‘I’ll write about pioneer architects, lawyers, doctors, engineers and churchwomen, together with those working in academia and the media during the 1920s and 1930s. I’d love to hear about readers’ female role models of that era. I’m looking for strong (but not necessarily high-profile) characters and surprising achievements; inspirational women who through their own efforts and determination helped to shape the family and working lives of professional women today.’

Jane can be contacted at at jane@jane-robinson.com or c/o Somerville College, Oxford OX2 6HD.

Jane’s appeal follows a previous, successful appeal via Oxford Today for historical evidence that led to the publication of Bluestockings: the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education. This book became BBC Book of the Week and generated acclaim and interest from a broader reading public.

Portrait by University of Oxford/Richard Lofthouse