Belfast Ladies' Institute
The Belfast Ladies' Institute was founded in support of women's higher education by six women from prominent local families.
2 December 1869
16 August 1878
The Intermediate Education (Ireland) Act was passed, containing an initial recognition of the principle that girls and women had the right to sit for public competitive examinations and to take university degrees.
Queen's College, Belfast, began admitting women to medical classes in response to requests from the Belfast Ladies' Institute .