University Women's Club

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The University Women's Club, formerly the University Club for Ladies, is a British private members club founded in 1883. As the popular gentlemen's clubs did not accept any women as members, its creation was intended to provide an equivalent club accessible to women. By its own definition, it is a club for "graduate and professional women of varied backgrounds and interests". Members include lawyers, scientists, writers and musicians, as well as businesswomen.

The club house is located in Audley Square, Mayfair, London, England.


The club was founded in 1883 by Gertrude Jackson of Girton College, Cambridge. In January 1887, the (then) University Club for Ladies opened its premises at 31 Bond Street. By 1894, the location was not large enough to serve the purposes of the growing club and it expanded by moving to new premises at Maddox Street. By 1904, the Club had moved to 4 George Street, Hanover Square where a number of bedrooms were available and by 1913, membership had grown to 800 members. The club now has almost 1,000 members.[citation needed]

After the Great War, the Club was again looking for new premises and, after a lengthy search, the freehold of 2 Audley Square — the Club's permanent home today — was purchased in 1921. At the same time, the Club adopted its current name, the University Women's Club.

The house was built by Lord Arthur Russell in the 1840s to house his large family. The terrace and garden are now planted with green, white and violet plants, the colours associated with the Suffragette movement. A large London plane tree stands in the middle of the garden, probably originally planted in the grounds of Chesterfield House.

The Club today[edit]

Today, the University Women's Club is the only women's club in the UK to be wholly owned and managed by its Members.[citation needed]

Its event schedule includes many dinners and other social events.[citation needed]

In March 2014 the club launched the annual Techpreneurs Awards [1]

The Club has close ties with the East India Club who occasionally co-organise functions for members of both clubs.

Members of the club pay an initial joining fee and an annual subscription.

Notable Members[edit]

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  1. ^ "Techpreneurs awards". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A. (1928). Women of the West: A Series of Biographical Sketches of Living Eminent Women in the Eleven Western States of the United States of America. Los Angeles: Publishers Press. Retrieved August 6, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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Coordinates: 51°30′26″N 0°09′03″W / 51.5073°N 0.1507°W / 51.5073; -0.1507