40 Years of Women at the House

ChCh Women Hockey Team 1986Forty years ago 22 pioneers became the first women to study as undergraduates at Christ Church.

Christ Church started to mark its 40 Years of Women celebrations with a Women’s Careers and Networking Event attended by both alumni and students of the House in March 2020. The 40 Years of Women at the House weekend took place in September 2021 and was a wonderful occasion as alum from 1979 through to 2021 attended a myriad of events.

Attendees had a plethora of choice on the Saturday, beginning with a welcome talk from Professor Judith Pallot, the first woman Official Student, and included: a discussion by the Women Curators of the Picture Gallery; a lecture entitled "A Very Short History of Reading", by Dr Belinda Jack; garden and cathedral tours; a library exhibition; an academic panel on current research; a stunning piano recital in the Chapter House; an art workshop, and a wine tasting. The day was a celebration of the work, knowledge, and achievements of women at the House. Following Evensong, and drinks in Tom Quad, there was a formal dinner in Hall, which started with a poetry reading by Dr. Vahni Capildeo, which included impressive speeches from Dame Emma Walmsley, and Professor Geraldine Johnson.Women's weekend group photo

The weekend was rounded off on the Sunday with a family BBQ day, filling the sports ground and college with noise and laughter after many months of quiet—thank you to all who attended!