Principal Jenny Higham is featured in a new exhibition running at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London. The exhibition ‘Women in medicine: a celebration’ takes place from 3 October 2017 to 19 January 2018.

Jenny Higham

It features modern day female clinicians, representing their area of practice, paying tribute to women who were historically significant in the field of medicine.

Professor Higham is recognised for being the first female to be elected Chair of the Medical Schools Council (August 2016). In the exhibition, she is pictured with Marie Stopes, scientist and academic, and influential 20th Century campaigner for women's rights and birth control.

On Marie Stopes, Professor Higham said: “Born in the reign of Queen Victoria, Marie Stopes was a pioneer of the 20th century in the field of birth control.

“Through her books, practical advice on contraception, and the family planning clinics that she subsequently opened, she released women from the endless treadmill of producing children, giving them time to order their own lives and develop their own careers for the first time in history.”

Professor Higham graduated from University College London Medical School in 1985, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Since gaining membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1992, and becoming a fellow in 2005, Jenny has had a distinguished career in academia and medical education. She joined St George’s as Principal in 2015.

The timing is also significant as 2017 is the centenary of the Medical Women’s Federation, and is also the first time in history that the majority of the world-renowned medical royal colleges have been led by women.

Among the historical women featured in the exhibition are internationally acclaimed individuals such as Dame Sheila Sherlock, who played a key role in establishing the study and treatment of liver disease and Dame Cicely Saunders who founded the modern hospice movement.

The exhibition is free to attend and more details, including opening times, can be found on the RCP website.