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The Right of Women to Graduate in Medicine – Scottish Judicial Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century<sup>☼</sup>

William M Gordon

in Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625161
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671571 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.003.0015
The Right of Women to Graduate in Medicine – Scottish Judicial Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century☼

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This article traces the course of the attempts of Sophia Jex-Blake and other women to be allowed to attend classes in medicine in Edinburgh University and graduate, with a view to registration under the Medical Act of 1858. The action brought against the University, Jex-Blake v Senatus Academicus of the University of Edinburgh, which was laid before the Whole Court, failed but only by seven votes to five. Even among the minority, however, there was not unqualified support for the women's case. Ultimately it was necessary to rely on Parliament to grant the necessary powers to Scottish universities under the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889. The reported arguments in the case are usefully supplemented by the relevant Session Papers which offer a valuable source for legal history.

Keywords: Sophia Jex-Blake; Constitution of universities; Custom; Discrimination against women; Session Papers

Chapter.  7904 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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