A Room of Her Own: Newnham College 1874–1879
This chapter describes the Cambridge of 1874, the beginnings of university education for women, the obstacles and conflicts faced by the pioneers, notably Henry Sidgwick and John Stuart Mill. It discusses the formidable obstacles facing women students and their lack of academic preparation. Harrison was among the minority who opted to read for the Tripos, success in which was recognized by a certificate, not a degree. The chapter also describes social life at Newnham College; friendships; conflict with the principal, Anne Jemima Clough, over dress and deportment; Harrison's abortive attempt to stage a production, in Greek, of Euripides' Medea; the influence of books; her failure to be placed in the first class in the Tripos examinations; and subsequent failure to win a college Fellowship.
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