International Gallery and History

1953 IFUW Conference

Taken at Bedford College, in front of the new entrance block which was rebuilt after bombing and opened in 1952.

IFUW/GWI - Over 100 Years of Achievement

When Dean Virginia Gildersleeve, Professor Caroline Spurgeon and Rose Sidgwick sat together in 1918 and conceived the idea of a worldwide organisation uniting university women, they were convinced that by fostering friendship and understanding, women graduates could help prevent another catastrophe such as the World War that had just ended. Their dream became reality the next year when university women from Great Britain, Canada and the United States met to lay the foundation for IFUW. Over ninety years later, and under the new title of Graduate Women International (GWI), thousands of women graduates throughout the world share the same principles and vision that inspired those early leaders. GWI continues to advocate in favour of secondary, higher and continuing education for women all over the world.

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Griselda Kenyon

Griselda Kenyon


2004 - 2007

Elizabeth Poskitt

Elizabeth Poskitt


1995 - 1998

Helen Dunsmore

Helen Dunsmore


1983 - 1986

Three BFWG members who have serves as Presidents of GWI

The BFWG Delegation at The GWI Triennial Conference in Geneva July 2019

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A BFWG Member’s informal reminiscences of the GWI Triennial Conference in Geneva July 25th-28th 2019

(Acknowledgements to Barbara Jackson Canterbury LA)