1869 Trinity College Examinations for Women introduced.
1879 Charles Wilkins prize presented for mathematics
in the Examinations for Women
1892 Memorial by 10,000 Irish women presented to
the Board of College requesting admission to the College.
Memorial rejected and re-presented by a group of gentlemen.
Board sought legal opinion and refused the request.
1903 Board applied for a King's Letter to allow the
admission of women. Degrees in Arts and Medicine opened to
1904 First woman student, Marion Weir Johnston entered
in Hilary Term, followed by two Junior Freshmen, Ellen Tuckey
and Averina Shegog who attended lectures on their own.
1904 Honorary Degrees awarded in Trinity term to
three leading Irish women, Isabella Mulvany, President of
the Irish Association of Women Graduates, Sophie Bryant, principal
of North London Collegiate School, Jane Barlow, novelist and
author of Irish Idylls.
1904-7 'Steamboat Ladies' from Oxford and Cambridge
women's colleges came to take out Dublin University 'ad eundem'
degrees over a period of three years. They had successfully
completed their university examinations but were not yet eligible
for degrees in their own universities. Most of the women were
teachers, headmistresses and academics and they usually stayed
only one night in Dublin and returned as soon as possible
to England by the steamboat.
1905 First cohort of around forty women students
entered in Michaelmas Term.
1905 Miss Lucy Gwynn, Lady Registrar, appointed.
Rules and Regulations for Women introduced. Women had to leave
the College before 6pm, had to wear 'cap and gown' and could
not visit private rooms unless accompanied by a chaperon.
1905 Elizabethan Society for Women founded, named
after the College foundress, it organized a common room, debates,
sport and lunch-room, in No 6.
1905 Ethel Hanan first woman awarded first class degree
in History and Political Science with Large Gold Medal.
1905 Eva Jellett, first woman medical graduate.
1905 Honorary degrees conferred on three more Irish
women - Margaret Byers, principal of Victoria College, Belfast,
Henrietta White, principal of Alexandra College, Dublin and
Hon. Emily Lawless, poetess.
1906 Olive Purser becomes the first woman elected
to Non-Foundation Scholarship. (Women could not be elected
to Foundation Scholarship as they could not be full members
of 'College Body Corporate', and therefore could not vote
for the university parliamentry seats, and could not reside
1906 First group of eight women Moderators graduated
in December. Muriel Bennett awarded a Large Gold Medal in
1908 Trinity Hall founded a an university residence
for women students. The first Warden was Miss Margaret Cunningham
who remained in office until her death in 1940.
1909 Constantia Maxwell appointed lecturer in Modern
History, first woman on the academic staff. She later was
appointed Lecky Professor of Modern History in 1946.
1910 Georgina Revington won Large Gold Medal in Natural
1916 Kathleen Hughes won Large Gold Medal in Experimental
1918 Women first admitted as members of the DU Experimental
Science Association (DUESA). Women had already been admitted
to the DU Choral Society.
1920 Women students admitted to the School of Engineering.
1921 Frances Kyle and Averil Deverell, two TCD law
graduates, were the first women called to the Bar.
1922 DU Women Graduates' Association founded. Lucy
Gwynn was the first president
1925 Professor Frances Moran appointed Reid Professor
of Criminal Law - the first woman appointed to a chair.
1929 Women were admitted as members to the DU Biological
1946 Professor Moran was appointed Regius Professor
of Law and was the first woman 'to take silk' at the Irish
1951 Professor A.J. Otway Ruthven was appointed Lecky
Professor of Modern History
1958 Women staff admitted to the Senior Common Room.
1968 Women first elected to Fellowship and to Foundation Scholarship and women Foundation Scholars permitted to reside on campus.
1969 Women admitted to the College Historical Society,
( 'not until man walks on the moon will a woman set foot in
1970 First woman graduate in Engineering.
1972 Women admitted to reside in College.
1981 First Woman College Officer (Registrar).
2000 First woman candidate for election to Provostship.
2001 Dr. Jane Grimson becomes the first Woman Vice-Provost.
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