Cornelia Sorabji

Cornelia became the first woman to sit for a Law degree at Oxford. Her insistence in being allowed to sit the exam with the men resulted in a special decree being passed to allow her to do so.

 

Cornelia Sorabji, came to study at Somerville College in1889. She was born in India in 1866, into a Parsee Christian family. She only made it to Oxford after saving money working as a Professor at a men’s college and capturing the imagination of some well heeled ladies in Britain, who campaigned in the ‘The Times’, for her right to study in Britain to be honoured. Cornelia became the first woman to sit for a Law degree at Oxford. Her insistence in being allowed to sit the exam with the men resulted in a special decree being passed to allow her to do so.

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