Hilary Boulding

What female figure has inspired you the most, and why?

My mother’s influence was a crucial factor in the course of my adult life.  Like many women of her generation, she was forced to leave school at 14 in order to contribute to the family’s income.  By the time this photograph was taken (at the age of 19), she had already been working for 5 years.  It was she who persuaded me to apply to Oxford, determined that my generation of women should fulfil their potential.

Dame Hilary Boulding is the President of Trinity College.

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