Punch,  58 (1870), 160.

A Woman's Rights and Wrongs



News-Commentary, Drollery


Gender, Education, Universities, Chemistry, Controversy

    Begins by insisting that 'Whatever we may think of the ladies' claims to electoral privileges, there can be no question as to their full right to the spoils of victory when they face our selfish sex in fair fight, and beat us'. Proceeds to describe the case of Mary E Peachey who was one of the top four chemistry students and scholarship winners at the University of Edinburgh. Notes that her claims have been resisted by the chemistry professor Alexander C Brown and by the university itself, who emphasise that since Peachey was taught in a separate class she is not entitled to the scholarship. Relishes the fact that Titus Salt has complained to The Times about this case and has proposed starting a fund to support Peachey.

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