From 1960, women’s education advanced as their place
in society changed. Feminists
continued to campaign for
equal rights through organisations like the National
Women’s Liberation Movement, which was active from
1969. Changes in the law enabled women to enter a
wider range of professions.
In 1970, the Equal Pay Act enshrined in law the principal
of equal pay for women. The Sex
Discrimination Act in
1975 offered protection against discrimination to both
men and women.
Co-education became more popular and in 1965, Westfield College, Bedford College and Royal Holloway College, all University of London colleges for women, began to admit male undergraduates for the first time. This reflects the gradual acceptance of the idea of women and men working alongside each other on equal terms.
As women’s education and opportunities advanced, Queen Mary, University of London was evolving. Queen Mary and Westfield College was formed in 1989, bringing together a wealth of expertise across disciplines. Students benefited from a wider range of learning opportunities. This was further enhanced in 1995, when Queen Mary and Westfield College merged with Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.