Emily Davies

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Emily Davies (22 April 1830 – 13 July 1921) was a suffragist and promoter of higher education for women. In 1862 she wrote a paper ‘Medicine as a profession for women’ and began writing for the English Woman’s Journal which she also edited in 1863. In 1865 she was a founder member of the ladies’ debating group, the Kensington Society and helped obtain 1,500 female signatories for a petition in favour of women’s suffrage, presented to the House of Commons in 1866. That year she published her book The Higher Education of Women and co-formed the committee wanting to build a college for women in Cambridge. Founded in 1869 Girton College moved to the outskirts of Cambridge in 1873 and became the first college founded to educate women in England.

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