Founded in 1993, Reginae was created as a counterpoint to the male dining society, Eaglets. In Michaelmas Term 2017, after almost 25 years of Reginae, we welcomed an additional senior member (Mrs Alison Madden) and hosted our final dinner in the traditional format.
The rest of the academic year was spent developing a new Reginae society. In Hilary term 2018 we made the important decision to become a society which is open to all self-identifying women of Queen’s, both past and present. This decision is particularly important as 2019 celebrates 40 years since the first female students were admitted by Queen’s. We hope that through this new society women in different stages of their lives can offer support to one another on the opportunities and the challenges confronting women today. I would like to thank Professor Jane Mellor (Professor in Biochemistry and Senior Member of Reginae) for her continual support during this process, as well as Lila Mehta and Isabella Boscawen (Vice-Presidents 2017-18) for their advice.
At the end of Trinity term 2018 the new Reginae society hosted an inauguration ‘Summer Cocktails Event’ in the Fellow’s Garden. It was a wonderful summer’s evening with over 30 staff and students in attendance. It was lovely to see such a diverse group of women at this event. Reginae also held its first Annual General Meeting, at which Harriet Sexton and Molly Nichols were elected as President and Vice-President for 2018-19.
I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for the Reginae society. Reginae is particularly looking forward to creating links between current Queen’s women and Old Members by working alongside the Queen’s Women’s Network. It has been a pleasure being President and I am extremely proud of the changes that have been made to Reginae this year.
President of Reginae (2017-18)