Pudding Seminar: Jess Sharpe (MCR), ‘A Partnership in Science and Suffrage: Dr Ethel Williams and Frances Hardcastle’

This talk will follow the lives of Ethel Williams, a doctor who attended Newnham College 1882-1885, and Frances Hardcastle, a mathematician who studied at Girton College 1888-1892 and 1897-1908. The pair met through suffrage work and built a life together in Newcastle where Williams was the city’s first woman doctor. I will consider how their partnership facilitated their successes, and look at the importance of uncovering queer stories in the history of science.