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Xlii.—The University Of London And
XLII . —THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON AND THE GRADUATION OF WOMEN .
A. . . _ » Ok Tlie 12th. Of Last Month T...
A . . . _ » Ok tlie 12 th . of last month the graduates of _tlie University of
_liOndon , in convocation assembled , rejected by a considerable majoritthe moderate proposition " that the Senate should be
y requested to consider whether the objects of the University as declared in the charter would not be promoted hy _mating
provision for the examination and certification of women . " From this action of the graduates the only logical Inferences are ,
that they considered the Senate unfit to deal with the question , or that they feared the Senate would arrive at conclusions- opposed to
their conclusions , or perhaps we may more truly say , to their prejudices and their fears . If we may judge from the vigour of
the opposition , the latter inference is the true one , and this view is also supported by the inapplicability to the particular proposition
under discussion of many of the arguments used by its opponents . The arguments were remarkable for their variety , if not
distinguished for their novelty . We were told that this was a cry got without up by " question a few amazons thatthe ; " and doors on of the the Universit other hand y once it was opened assumed , the
daughters of England , would one and all be prepared for taking a degreeOne gentleman drew so lively a picture of the sacrifices
. and hardships which a regular education enjoined—the loss of rest and recreation—the ceaseless struggle from the age of nine to the
age of twenty-one , that we only wonder he had survived to tell the tale , and that any of his audience had been spared to hear it . One
orator protested that it would be an insult to the women of England to that they could be better educated than they
cations already , are and , suppose while a blig doctors ht upon threatened all future the generations gravest cerebral , if the possible
compliwives and mothers of Englishmen were allowed to study Algebra or to read Greek lays . Dark things were hinted with reference
to our sisters across p the Atlantic ; and the favourite fallacy was indulged in , that the adoption here of one American arrangement
would make " Yankees" of our nation . There were attacks , : according to the taste and fancy of the speaker , upon one or other
of the distinguished men who advocate the granting of degrees to womenand imputations were cast upon the sincerity of their
: advocacy , ; while there was great fear expressed of the University being ridiculed if it agreed to the innovationand much timid
, questioning as to what Oxford and Cambridg'e would say . Strange as it may seem , such " arguments" as these were
tion coup , led shared , even by in those the mouth who supported s of the sam the e motion speakers as , with well as an " assump by those -
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), June 1, 1863, page 270, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01061863/page/54/