Louise Creighton was one of the first women graduates, passing the University of London’s Special Examination for Women with honours. In 1878 the University of London became the first university in the UK to allow women to study for its degrees. By 1900, over 30 per cent of the 536 graduating students were women.
She went on to become a social activist and writer, who campaigned for votes for women and a greater role for women within the Church of England. As well as writing and editing books she served on two Royal Commissions and the Joint Committee of Insurance Commissioners.
As a member of the Standing Committee of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, she helped promote the work of women missionaries and took a leading role chairing the women's meetings at the Pan-Anglican Congress of 1908.
After nearly twenty years of living in a grace-and-favour apartment at Hampton Court Palace, Creighton moved back to Oxford in the late 1920s.