Girls in the Humanities

The humanities can cover a wide range of subjects, from history, geography, religious studies, politics, English, and ancient and modern languages taught at College, to the wide array of university courses and careers that our girls go on to pursue. 

In 2021, the most popular choices, among our leavers pursuing humanities courses, were Liberal Arts (often in the US), Geography, History and Law. Popular UK university destinations among this group of CLC leavers include Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter and KCL.

Girls studying Liberal Arts in the US went on to a wide range of universities, including the Brown University, Columbia University, University of Chicago and Yale University, among others.

The breadth of careers and achievements of our Guild members in this area reflect the variety within the humanities subjects, from literature and politics, to journalism and diplomacy, among many others. Below is a small selection of some of our prominent Guild members within this vast array of fields over the last 160 years (in alphabetical order).

Journalism & Literature 
Doyin Akinyelure Business News Anchor, Producer and BBC Komla Dumor Award winner
Hilary Andersson BBC journalist and Panorama correspondent
Phyllis Bentley Novelist and authority on the Bronte sisters
Baroness Rosie Boycott Journalist and former editor of The Independent and The Daily Express. Member of the House of Lords.
Ginny Dougary Award-winning journalist and writer for The Times
Lottie Prentice Children's author (A Tale of Ted)
Kate Reardon Former Editor of Tatler magazine (2011-17). Editor-in-Chief of LUXX (The Times lifestyle magazine)
Sue Lloyd-Roberts CBE  BBC reporter and human rights campaigner
Caroline Spurgeon Literary critic
Robin Stevens Children's author (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries)
Anya Sitaram TV journalist and Sky News presenter. Co-founder of Rockhopper.Media
Grace Goldie First head of BBC Television News and Current Affairs
Politics & Languages
Nora Mary Boyce Scholar of Iranian languages and Zoroastrianism
Mary Cashmore First female in the foreign office
Janet Douglas CMG Diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. British High Commissioner to Barbados
Cheryl Gillan MP Former Secretary of State for Wales and Member of Parliament
Jane Ellen Harrison Classical scholar, first research fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and first to be granted an honorary degree. First woman in England to obtain a post as a career academic.
Sally Keeble Politician and former Member of Parliament
Fiona Mactaggart Politician and former Member of Parliament
Cicely Mayhew First female diplomat at the British Foreign Office
Amber Rudd Former UK Home Secretary
Society & Law
Eileen Barker Sociologist specialising in cults and religions
Annette Bear-Crawford Feminist campaigner in England and Australia
Mary Blackburn MBE Magistrate & Gloucestershire Bench Chairman 2013
Una Duval Women's rights campaigner and famously refused to say 'obey' in her wedding vows
Ellice Eadie Barrister and first female to be appointed Parliamentary Council
Zoe Grimwood Developed the use of Braille in the training of deaf-blind people
Carolyn Kirby OBE First female President of the Law Society
Gareth Peirce Lawyer and human rights activist
Lindy Penrose Price Prison reformer and educationalist
Dame Betty Ridley Religious reformer and first female Church Estate Commissioner
Mary Stevens Barrister and first woman to achieve first class in the final bar exams
Edith Thompson Organiser of the Women's Land Army during WWII
Su-Mei Thompson CEO of the Media Trust and former CEO of The Women’s Foundation
History & Geography
Maud Cunningham CBE First woman to be made CBE for services to archaeology
Dr Jane Grenville OBE Historian and former Commissioner for English Heritage
Annie Hall First female member of the Society of Architects
Hermione Hobhouse Historian and author
Lisa Jardine CBE Historian, author and broadcaster