Davies, Emily, 1830-1921Variant names
Sarah Emily Davies 1875-1945, of Wenallt, Llandegfan was one of Anglesey's most prominent figures. She was the daughter of John Matthews of Amlwch who was Justice of the Peace and for many years chairman of the local magisterial branch. Since its inception Mrs Davies was honorary secretary of the Anglesey County Nursing Association. She was also a member of the Education Committee, Chairman of the School Management Sub Committee and involved with the Anglesey Rural Community Council and the Women's Institute.
She was married to Captain A. Stanley Davies.
From the guide to the Sarah Emily Davies Papers, 1916-1945, (Bangor University)
Sarah Emily Davies (always known as Emily), 1830-1921, was a pioneer and a leader in the campaign for women's education. Her papers reflect the work which she and her contemporaries accomplished for women in both educational and political fields and, in particular, her role in the foundation and early years of Girton College, Cambridge.
Emily Davies was born in Southampton on 22 April 1830, the daughter of the evangelical Anglican clergyman, John Davies. She spent most of her youth in Gateshead, Co. Durham, where her father was Rector of St Mary's Church from 1839 until his death in 1861. However, visits to her brother, a clergyman in London, drew her into the Langham Place Group network and led her to examine the lives of women in Gateshead and to found a branch of the Society for the Promotion of the Employment of Women in the North East.
After her father's death she moved to London in 1862 which brought her into closer contact with friends such as Elizabeth Garrett (Anderson) and Barbara Leigh Smith (Bodichon) and enabled her to play a more active role in the women's movement. She immediately became involved with campaigns to improve women's education, including those to admit women to University of London degrees, to admit girls to the Cambridge Local Examinations and for the inclusion of girls' schools in the Schools Enquiry Commission. These campaigns led to other activities; she was a founder of the Kensington Society and of the London Association of Schoolmistresses and she was one of the first women to be elected to the London School Board. She was also active in the campaign for women's suffrage.
Although her early successes were in securing improved secondary education for girls, Emily Davies' central concern was the provision of higher education for women, and it is for this that she is best remembered. Her vision to establish a college 'designed to hold in relation to girls' schools and home teaching a position analogous to that occupied by the universities towards public schools for boys' provided the first opportunity in the country for women to receive a university education on exactly the same terms as men and led to the foundation of Girton College in 1869.
Apart from periods of residence at Girton College, Emily Davies continued to live in London until her death, and after her retirement from Girton resumed her involvement in the suffrage movement. Throughout her life she was an active and vigorous committee woman. She published extensively on educational and suffrage issues and she was for a period editor of both the English Woman's Journal and the Victoria Magazine.
From the guide to the Personal Papers of Sarah Emily Davies, 1856-1978, (Girton College Library, University of Cambridge)
|creatorOf||Personal Papers of Sarah Emily Davies, 1856-1978||Girton College Library, University of Cambridge|
|referencedIn||Blackwell family. Papers, 1832-1981||Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America|
|referencedIn||Clay, John, 1796-1858. Correspondence : 1821-1873.||Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library|
|referencedIn||Personal Papers of Margaret Stephen, 1925-1945||Girton College Library, University of Cambridge|
|creatorOf||Smallfield, Fred. Album of letters, photographs, and drawings : [England], [bulk 1860s-1870s].||Pierpont Morgan Library.|
|referencedIn||Blackwell family. Papers, 1832-1981 (inclusive).||Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America|
|referencedIn||Chatfield family. Chatfield-Davies-Ives family letters, 1824-1884.||Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library|
|creatorOf||Sarah Emily Davies Papers, 1916-1945||Bangor University|
|referencedIn||Personal Papers of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1801-2000||Girton College Library, University of Cambridge|
|referencedIn||Personal Papers of Llewellyn Davies, 1874-1894||Girton College Library, University of Cambridge|
|creatorOf||Davies, Emily, 1830-1921. The papers of Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon from Girton College, Cambridge, 1849-1921 (inclusive), [microform].||Yale University Library|
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|Community organization Wales History 20th century|
|Nursing Wales, North History 20th century|
|Public welfare Wales History 20th century|