Power, Eileen Edna (1889–1940)
Eileen Power’s undergraduate years were spent at Girton College, Cambridge, where she was a teaching fellow in history for some years. Having little patience, however, with the medieval treatment Cambridge University meted out to female scholars, she was glad to escape first to the Sorbonne, then to the London School of Economics as a research student (1911–13) and finally on a travelling fellowship to the Far East in 1920–21. In 1921 she returned to the LSE, where she was rapidly promoted to Reader and in 1931 to Professor. There at least she did not have to fight for the privilege of giving her immensely popular lectures in a university lecture room.