Caius Women at 40 Events

Michaelmas Term 2019-20 marks forty years since the admission of women at Gonville & Caius College. Throughout the academic year, we will be celebrating our coeducation and diversity with a series of events for college members, past and present. 


Past events


Garden Party for Caius alumni - Saturday 28 September 2019
Harvey Court Gardens, 2:30pm - 5pm

We launched the anniversary year with a Garden Party especially for Caius alumni in the beautiful surroundings of our Harvey Court Gardens. Guests, including Caians from the very first cohort in 1979, and their families, enjoyed a relaxed afternoon with a light tea, a first-look at our Caius Women portrait exhibition and a display from the Archives.    


Caius Club London Dinner, with guest speaker - Friday 4 October 2019
Oxford and Cambridge Club, London, 7:30pm - 11:00pm

As part of the celebration of 40 years of women at Caius, the Caius Club invited Amanda Tipples QC (1986) to speak at their annual London Dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club. 

Amanda shared some of her memories from Caius, and Caius Club members in attendance enjoyed a champagne reception, followed by a three course dinner accompanied by fine wines. 

All Caians can join the Caius Club at any time, for more information please visit our Caius Club Membership page. 


Frankly 40: Celebrating Women at Caius - Monday 2 December 2019 
8:45pm - 10:30pm, Harvey Court JCR and Cavonius Centre

The Joyce Frankland Society, the Feminist society at Caius, invited students and staff to attend an evening of celebration and discussion about the anniversary. Featuring a panel of influential women currently living and working at the College, we reflected on how far Caius has come and thinking about how we can continue improving as a community. 


Caius Women Library and Archives pop-up exhibition - Wednesday 4 December 2019 
Lower Library

The College Archive and Library celebrated 40 years of women at Caius in a joint pop-up exhibition. The Archive exhibited the texts and photographs that document women's experience at Caius since 1979; the Library exhibited books that show women active as readers, writers, and publishers in the early modern period. Read more about the exhibition.

College members, staff, and their guests were welcome to drop in to the Lower Library between 2:30pm - 5:30pm to view the exhibition. 

The Library exhibition, Her Book: early modern women as writers, printers and readers, is available online. 


Launch of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge - Monday 14 October 2019 (run until March 2020)
Various locations throughout Cambridge

The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge was a line-up of exhibitions, events, and displays exploring the past, present, and future of women at Cambridge. Programmed by Cambridge University Library and created by students and staff from across the University, The Rising Tide provided a forum to discuss the past and current experience of women both positive and negative, and the ways in which the University is continuing to address equality and diversity. 

More information is available on the University Library website.


International Women's Day at Caius - Sunday 8 March 2020

Caius Students and Fellows celebrated International Women's Day.


Caius Club Dinner in Cambridge - Friday 27 March 2020 - cancelled
7.30pm (drinks) for 8.00pm start, Acropolis, Harvey Court Gardens

The Caius Club will be hosting their annual dinner in Cambridge, and as part of the on-going celebrations of 40 years of women at Caius, Dr Mary Lowth (1979), one of the first women admitted to Caius, will share some of her memories from College. The Master, Pippa Rogerson, will also be joining us. For more information please visit the Caius Club Cambridge Dinner event page


May Week event - June 2020 - cancelled
Details will be released closer to the date

The students will be celebrating the College's recent history with a BOP themed around this important milestone.