Cartoon of woman thinkingIt’s International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, a global celebration of people, initiatives and activities that drive greater awareness of women’s equality. To celebrate this the University is pleased to present the 2015 Edith Morley Lecture on Thursday 5 March in honour of Professor Edith Morley, believed to be the first woman to be awarded a professorship in the UK here at Reading in 1908.

Edith was made professor of English Language and stayed in her position until 1940. She described the battle for fair dealing for women in public and professional life in her unpublished memoirs, where she also wrote about her appointment as the first woman to obtain the title of professor at a British University. Professor Morley believed that women should have an equal place in academia and society, and was an inspiring and motivating force for the young people around her.

This year’s event will celebrate the successes of our female graduates: ITV’s Good Morning Britain weather presenter Laura Tobin (Meteorology and Physics, 2003) and Radio 1 film critic Rhianna Dhillon (English and Film & Theatre, 2011, Alumnus of the Year 2013) will form our small panel of highly achieving graduates in this ‘in conversation’ style event.

Based on the theme of the female role model in 2015, Laura and Rhianna will talk about role models in contemporary society, share their views, thoughts and ideas with the audience and discuss what this means to them and their careers.

Event details:

International Women's Day logoDate: Thursday 5 March
Time: 19:30 (doors open at 19:00)
Admission is free, places are limited. Book a place

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