Girton College: The College for Women

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Girton College from 1873, full college status 1948.
Sister College – Somerville College Oxford. Men and Women – Undergraduates 483 Postgraduates 208.

Girton lies furthest north of any Cambridge college, about a 20-minute bike ride away from the city centre. The far-flung location provides an idyllic haven far away from the hustle and bustle of central Cambridge. It has impressive facilities, including on site playing fields and indoor swimming pool. Little wonder the sporting teams do well with no travelling time invading training sessions.
Girton students have a positive island mentality rising above the endlessly repeated jokes that relate to their distance from the city centre: ‘More Cambridge students have visited Australia than Girton’ – and the ultimate insult, ‘Oh I thought Girton was an Oxford college.’ As Girtonians point out: ‘They soon know who we are when we thrash them at sport!’
Most members guard the secrets of the sumptuous location with care. The wonderful facilities come complete with a surprisingly large car park to facilitate the visits of ‘nearest and dearest’ (no chance of that in central Cambridge).

A vision of the Women’s Movement
Originally, the institution was located in Hitchin and was called The College for Women, founded by Emily Davis and her colleague Barbara Bodichon in 1869. Emily, a clergyman’s daughter, was an activist in the Women’s Movement. She…
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