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(Joan) Pernel Strachey (1876-1951), College head and french scholar

Sitter in 22 portraits
College head and French scholar. The eighth of ten surviving children of Sir Richard and Jane Strachey; her brothers included the central Bloomsbury figure Lytton Strachey. Pernel specialised in French at Newnham College and returned as a lecturer, becoming director of studies in modern and medieval languages in 1907. As Principal of the College (1923-41) she encouraged equality for women and the entry of women into new fields of employment.

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