Lara Bautista

Willa Muir

Willa Muir was particularly vocal in the emancipation and inclusion of women in University life. As a member of the Women Student’s Debating Society, she regularly expressed her progressive views on women’s role in society. She rose through the ranks of the society, becoming president in the 1910-1911 session. One of the motions carried in …

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Sue Innes

Sue Innes was a feminist campaigner, journalist, and academic who helped establish St Andrews as a centre for second-wave feminism during her time as a student from 1970 to 1974. She was a founder of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) and the head of the University magazine Aien. After graduation, Innes moved to Edinburgh, where she worked as a journalist, appearing on BBC …

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Louisa Lumsden

Born in Aberdeenshire in 1840, Louisa Lumsden was the youngest of seven children. Lumsden had a relatively interesting education, starting school in Cheltenham before moving to a boarding school near Brussels and completing her early education at a finishing school in London. Around this time, she heard of a course of lectures for women held at the …

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Kathleen MacIver

Kathleen MacIver was the first woman to chair a department at the University of St Andrews. Despite facing prevailing negative attitudes, she was highly successful in her role and went on to have other prominent positions within the University. MacIver inspired a generation of women to pursue careers in academia; she was proudly focused on academic accessibility throughout …

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