On 15 January 1878, a meeting was held at the University of London to decide whether women should be awarded degrees by the institution.

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The next day, the meeting was documented in the London Evening Standard. In an article discussing the importance of education for all, the typo in the sub-headline was hopefully someone's idea of a joke...

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The article goes on to record the views of a number of speakers. We've picked out a few of our favourites...

H.M. Bompas concluded that "no amount of training or examination would turn a man into a woman or a woman into a man"

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Thomas Tyler pondered whether a B.A. would render women "more acceptable to the other sex?"

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J.G. Fitch stressed that women weren't admitted to Oxford and Cambridge "because residence was a necessary condition"

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Mr. Creek assured that "a large percent of those who had passed in honours had also entered into the bonds of wedlock"

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Dr. Quain stated that "no proposal could be more injurious to the University"

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Mr. Blackwood argued: The proposal "would be injurious to women themselves"

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Sir William Jenner would rather follow his daughter "to her grave than allow her to go through such a course of study"

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W.H. Harford would "regard it as a distinction if a daughter of his were able to fit herself for taking part in the world"

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The result?

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