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(Mary) Edith Pechey-Phipson (1845–1908) was born on 7 October 1845 in the village of Langham, near Colchester, Essex, England, the sixth child and third daughter of the Reverend William Pechey (d. 1888), Baptist minister at Langham Chapel, and his wife, Sarah Rotton Pechey (d. 1879). Named Mary Edith by her parents, she took the name Edith Pechey-Phipson after her marriage to a Bombay-based wine merchant, Herbert Musgrave Phipson (1849–1936) in March 1889. Edith’s parents were well-educated, her mother was competent in Greek, and Edith inherited this love of learning as she began her career as a teacher.
In 1869, aged 24, Edith Pechey joined in the struggle for women’s right to study and practice medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Sophia Jex-Blake was her fiery, famous companion, among others, and together they first won the right to take the preliminary examination in arts and eventually the right to attend classes with male students, which was a...
KeywordsIndia London School Medicine Women’s rights Suffrage
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