Margaret Benson

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Margaret Benson
Margaret Benson (1865–1916, known as Maggie) was an author and amateur Egyptologist.

She was the daughter of Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, and his wife Mary Benson.

"Likewise ... some if not all, of their brilliant children – sons E.F. Benson, A.C. Benson, R.H. Benson, and daughter, Margaret Benson – were also gay."[1]

She was one of the first women to be admitted to Oxford University, where she attended Lady Margaret Hall, and became the first woman to be allowed to excavate in Egypt. She spent three seasons excavating in Karnak, along with her lifelong companion, Janet Gourlay.

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  1. Christina Beardsley, "Keeping it all in the Family", Changing Attitude blog.