María Elena Maseras

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Elena Maseras

María Elena Maseras i Ribera (25 May 1853 - 4 December 1905), also known as Helena Maseras, was a Spanish woman who was allowed to enlist as a university student with special dispensation in 1872; having been formally admitted to a class in 1875, she was finally allowed to graduate in 1882, which created a precedent allowing women to enroll at universities in Spain from that point on.[1] She studied medicine at the University of Barcelona, but did not sit the last exam to qualify to practice as a physician, and became a teacher instead.[2]

Some gardens in the Eixample district were named after her.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Corbella, Jacinto, and Domenech, Edelmira. "A question of priority: Helena Maseras, Dolors Aleu, Martina Castells," in Proceedings of the First International Congress of the History of Catalan Medicine (Montpellier), 1970, vol. I, pp. 139–142.
  • Garcia, Betsabé. Barcelona amb nom de dona, published by Editorial Mediterrània and Barcelona City Council.


  1. ^ Consuelo Flecha: Las primeras universitarias en España, 1872-1910. Narcea Ediciones, 1996
  2. ^ Katharina Rowold (9 February 2011). The Educated Woman: Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914: Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914. Routledge. pp. 232–. ISBN 978-1-134-62583-3.
  3. ^ Joan Angel Frigola Berbel (2015-04-17). "Women's names in Barcelona's street nomenclature - El Digital D Barcelona | Barcelona City Council". Retrieved 2015-09-07.