After Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
used a legal loophole in the Society of Apothecaries
' rules to get in, the hole was quickly closed behind her.
Sophia Jex-Blake, denied this chance to get into the Society, instead gained entry to Edinburgh University. She was then refused her degree because her entry was deemed unlawful. Not one to give up easily, Sophia then founded the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874. She gained her medical degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland.
With the founding of this school, the double-standards once present in the medical profession were no longer a problem. Instead of women having to study in private with uncertainty as to whether they would be awarded their qualifications, there was now a medical school just for them. This was yet another step in women achieving equality and men realising (Dare I say "Coming to terms with?") women's intellectual equality.