This blog was set up in 2015 as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary (yes I know) of the matriculation of the first women students into Peterhouse. When you google ‘Peterhouse women’, the first thing you read is still the old Roger Scruton quote: “Peterhouse was a great institution, but probably is no longer – it was gratuitously destroyed by the admission of women.” … but now, you’ll also find this blog!
With this blog, Women of Peterhouse wants to show you that Peterhouse has changed.
There is still a lot to be done. We need women on the college website’s list of ‘eminent Petreans’. We need women alumnae on the walls.
But at the time of writing, Johanna Ohlmann is the JCR President of a 60% female JCR Committee, Olivia Elder is the MCR President of, again, a 60% female MCR Committee, Claudia Grinnell is Senior Organ Scholar, Eloise Davies the editor of the college newspaper, the Dodo, Margaret Polk the Wine Society President, Martha Hirst as Boat Club President. Women aren’t at the margins of Peterhouse any more.
-Ellie Myerson (Women’s Officer 2015-16)