Did You Know

In 1872 the university’s first female student, Betty Pettersson, was enrolled. Betty Pettersson was a very determined woman. Born and raised in Visby, the main town on the island of Gotland, she made her way to the mainland to become a student in Uppsala. Not much information can be found about Betty Pettersson, but one thing is certain, she succeeded! In 1875 she became the first woman in Sweden to be awarded an academic degree. This was a defining moment in the history of women’s rights in Sweden. Betty Pettersson was one of Uppsala University’s first connections with Gotland’s Visby.