Gowns Over Tails: Women Who Shaped The Union
On 9 February 1963, 140 years after its inception, the Oxford Union successfully voted to admit women as members. This historic change allowed inspiring women such as Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister, to lead the society and host era-defining figures such as Her Majesty The Queen, Mother Teresa, Madeleine Albright, and Malala Yousafzai, for crucial conversations. As the Oxford Union celebrates International Women’s Day, we have invited key figures from the Society’s history to reflect on the role of student activism. How can students drive change in their communities to increase gender equality, and how can debating and free speech be used as a tool to achieve this end?