Honorary degrees for Edinburgh Seven 150 years after they started their studies

Sophia Jex-Blake, one of the Edinburgh Seven
Sophia Jex-Blake, one of the Edinburgh Seven

Seven women who were among the first females to be admitted to a British university are being awarded posthumous degrees 150 years after they started their studies.

The group, known collectively as the Edinburgh Seven, enrolled to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869.

But they faced substantial resistance from their male peers and were ultimately prevented from graduating and qualifying as doctors.

Their campaign against this won them national attention and prominent supporters such as Charles Darwin.

In 1877, legislation was introduced to ensure women could study at university.

The women will be awarded posthumous honorary Bachelor of Medicine degrees.

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