Queen's College was the first institution in Great Britain to grant academic qualifications to women. It was founded in 1848 under the leadership of F. D. Maurice, a Christian Socialist intellectual who was Professor of English Literature and History at King's College London. It was intended as a place where girls could gain a serious education in an era when their education was generally seen as very much secondary to that of their brothers. Maurice also brought to it a liberal ethos, which encouraged a non-competitive emphasis and a broad curriculum.
Editors. "Queen's College, London, founded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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