40 Years of Progress: Oxford, gender equality, and academia since 1980

This discussion aims to explore the full spectrum of gender equality in Oxford and how it has evolved since women were first admitted to Merton College. Three pioneering women in academia will share the challenges they faced during their careers and personal journeys, and reflect on the progress that has been made – what have been the triumphs for women?

The panel will also think about less frequently asked, but equally important, questions: are there any advantages that have arisen as a result of being a woman in male-dominated fields? Were there any challenges they did not face which their male peers did? And how will changing ideas about gender shape universities and academia as we look to the future?