College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Women

Remarkable women at the University of Edinburgh overcame considerable adversity to become drivers of equality and medical excellence.

Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven

Sophia Jex-Blake
Sophia Jex-Blake led the Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British university, in the fight to allow women to qualify as doctors in Britain.

Elsie Inglis

Inglis plaque
One of the first women to graduate from the University of Edinburgh, Elsie Inglis left an enduring legacy of cheery bravery and excellent medical practice while working in war zones.

James Barry

Barry plaque
The story of James Barry is one of the most remarkable in the University of Edinburgh's history. Born Margaret Ann Bulkley, Barry's identity as a woman was a secret until after her death.