2015 Highlights from the Rhodes Project

In 2015, staff at the Rhodes Project contributed to all aspects of our mission. We are proud to report on three highlights.

First portrait of a woman Rhodes Scholar commissioned for Rhodes House
This December, the Rhodes Project witnessed the unveiling of the first portrait of a woman Rhodes Scholar to hang in Milner Hall at Rhodes House in Oxford. Commissioned by the Rhodes Project in collaboration with the Rhodes Trust, the portrait of Lucy Banda Sichone was created by Rhodes Scholar Deirdre Saunder.

Left to right: Ann Olivarius (Chair of the Rhodes Project and a donor to the portrait project); Kabeleka Kabeleka and Karen Mumba (Members of the Black Rhodes Scholars Association); Susan Rudy (Executive Director of the Rhodes Project); Deirdre Saunder (a Rhodes Scholar and the artist who created the portrait); and Tony Abrahams (a Rhodes Scholar and donor to the portrait project).

Left to right: Ann Olivarius (Chair of the Rhodes Project and a donor to the portrait project); Kabeleka Kabeleka and Karen Mumba (Members of the Black Rhodes Scholars Association); Susan Rudy (Executive Director of the Rhodes Project); Deirdre Saunder (a Rhodes Scholar and the artist who created the portrait); and Tony Abrahams (a Rhodes Scholar and donor to the portrait project).

Research paper completed on how LGBT individuals negotiate work-life balance
Also in December, Oxford researchers Kate Blackmon and Susan Rudy completed a paper entitled “Dual-career, dual-carer couples: Learning from how LGBT individuals negotiate work-life balance” based on evidence collected by the Rhodes Project. The paper is under consideration for publication in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

Director of the Rhodes Project on winning team at Oxford Union Debate
In November, the Executive Director of the Rhodes Project, Susan Rudy participated in a debate at the infamous Oxford Union. She and her team successfully argued that feminism does not need to be rebranded during a debate that was one of the highlights of the Said Business School’s annual Power Shift conference, focussed this year on women and markets.

Since 2004, the Rhodes Project has been housed by and made possible through the support of McAllister Olivarius.  A registered charity in England and Wales, the mission of the Rhodes Project is to:
advance the education of the public in general on the subject of female achievement and/or the obstacles thereto and to promote research in all aspects of these subjects and to publish useful result;
promote gender equality for the public benefit by advancing education and raising awareness of gender issues.