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The impact of women at Cambridge is incalculable. In 1869, Girton College became the first women’s college at Cambridge, and the first in Britain, to offer residential higher education for women. But Cambridge University did not grant degrees to women until the late 1940s, the last British University to do so. In this first film of a four-film series, Dr Lucy Delap and Dr Ben Griffin, co-curators of Cambridge University Library’s The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge exhibition, explore women’s historic struggle for equality at Cambridge in the face of mass and sometimes violent opposition.

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