St Hilda's, the last all-female college in Oxford, voted yesterday
against letting in men. The decision by Fellows of the college
fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to change
the status quo.
About 40 undergraduates held a protest during the vote. They
cheered when the result was announced. Penny Berrill, the junior
common room president, said: "I'm ecstatic. We're a women's
college and we're sticking by women's education."
The call for change came as St Hilda's faces increasing financial
and academic difficulties. Jessica Lennard, 20, a second-year
law student who had organised a demonstration calling on the college
to "go mixed", said: "We need to get rid of the
stereotype that girls at St Hilda's are unattractive and stupid."
St Hilda's, founded in 1893, was one of five colleges set up
at Oxford to provide education for women when other colleges accepted