Women's Leadership Symposium in Oxford
Women's Leadership  Symposium in Oxford
  • After careful consideration, we postponed our March 23-25 meeting following the development of  COVID-19.  We understand the disappointment this will cause, but we have taken this step given the uncertainty associated with the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

    We will apply registrations to future meetings. You will have a priority presentation slot at our future 2020 and March 2021 meetings. 

  • Abstract submission and registration are open for ALL 2020 sessions.
  • We review abstracts on a rolling basis and send notifications within ten days of submission.

You are invited to give a talk on an aspect of women's studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. We also welcome poster proposals.  If you would like to present a paper, submit a brief abstract for review by the Programme Committee. Papers presented will be subsequently peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium books or as sponsored journal articles.

Keynote speakers 

F.King Alexander

March 2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alexander will discuss gender equity in the university classroom and sports programs.


F King Alexander is President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University (L.S.U.) and will become the new president of Oregon State University beginning on July 1, 2020.


Concerning his attachments to Oxford, Dr. Alexander is a Foundation Fellow at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, has served on the Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee for Illinois, and during his days as a student at Oxford, he rowed for his college, St Peters and was awarded an “Oxford Blue” in men’s basketball. 

Annette Mountford


March 2020 Keynote Speaker – Annette Mountford, MBE

Founder of British Nurturing Programme and Chief Executive Officer of Family Links, United Kingdom, 1997-2015.

Oriel Sullivan


December 2017 Keynote Speaker– Oriel Sullivan

Professor of Sociology of Gender and Co-Director, Centre for Time Use Research

Research Areas: Time Use, Gender Practices in Household, Cultural Consumption.

August 2016  Keynote Speaker – Judith Okely

Research Associate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and member of the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

The Audacity to Stand
A poem dedicated to the 20th Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium
EstaBroderick_The Audacity to Stand.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [83.3 KB]
Some of the August 2018 participants

2020 & 2021 MEETING DATES

23-25 March at Somerville College

26 - 27 at July Harris Manchester College

7, 8 & 9 December at Somerville College

Week of 22nd-26th March 2021 (exact dates to be determined) 

What our Alumni are Saying

The Audacity to Stand - Esta Broderick-Winkle
A poem dedicated to the 20th Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium
EstaBroderick_The Audacity to Stand.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [83.3 KB]

"Many thanks for an amazing experience."

"The experience far exceeded my expectation."

"I found all the presentations very interesting. It was a great opportunity to hear different perspectives on women's issues. The discussion after my presentation was very enriching and I will take it into account in my further research."

Some of the August 2016 participants
Some of the March 2017 participants
Some of the August 2017 participants
Some of the March 2019 participants
Some of the August 2019 participants
Some of the December 2019 participants
Some of the December 2019 participants
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