Women Making History: Shaping Oxford's Next Century

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To commemorate the centenary anniversary of women students being formally admitted to the University of Oxford, the University will host a panel of inspirational women alumnae in the Sheldonian Theatre, to be livestreamed to a public audience. The panel discussion will recognise both the significance of the milestone, and the impact that women have had at Oxford over the last 100 years.

Spanning science and innovation, media and public policy, our panellists will reflect on their experiences at Oxford across the last 40 years, and on both the challenges and opportunities they see for women’s education and gender equality in the 21st Century.

The panel will be moderated by Reeta Chakrabarti, (English/French, Exeter, 1984-88) a leading journalist and BBC news broadcaster, known for presenting BBC news, for her political coverage at Westminster as well as assignments in France, Germany, and India. Since March 2020, she has been Chancellor of York St John University.

Panellists are
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, (Maths, Keble College, 2006-10) is a mathematician, computer scientist and entrepreneur, and co-founder of Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sectors.

Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green, Ruth Hunt, (English, St Hilda’s College, 1998-2001) is a leading LGBT+ activist, former President of Oxford University Student Union, former Chief Executive of Stonewall (2014-19), and current member of the House of Lords.

Varaidzo (Vee) Kativhu (Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Lady Margaret Hall, 2016-2020) is a LinkedIn Changemaker and Social Media influencer with a YouTube following of nearly 200,000. A role model and passionate advocate for access to education, she is currently studying for her master’s in international education policy at Harvard University.