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From the first female Oxbridge prof to film star Kevin Bacon in just six steps…..

Dorothy Garrod was the first woman to be made an Oxbridge professor. In 1939 she was elected to the Disney Chair in Archaeology at Cambridge University. At that time women were still not allowed to graduate from Cambridge on an equal footing with men, and as such could not vote on university matters, nor serve on the University’s governing council. As a Professor, however, Garrod now had this right. Through the power of her brilliant, world-renowned research, Dorothy Garrod had stormed this last bastion of male academia, nearly ten full years before it was officially ready for her. BOOM!

 

Image of Dorothy Garrod from Newnham College, Cambridge: http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/about-newnham/college-history/history/content/dorothy-garrod