Millicent Fawcett

Jun 11, 1847 - Aug 5, 1929

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE was an English political leader, activist, writer and feminist icon. Known as a campaigner for women's suffrage via legislative change, from 1897 until 1919 she led Britain's largest women's rights organisation, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. She would write: "I cannot say I became a suffragist. I always was one, from the time I was old enough to think at all about the principles of Representative Government." Fawcett also tried to improve women's chances of higher education, serving as a governor of Bedford College, London, and a co-founder of Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1875. In 2018, 100 years after the passing of the Representation of the People Act, Fawcett became the first woman to be commemorated with a statue in Parliament Square.
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“A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained.”

Millicent Fawcett
Jun 11, 1847 - Aug 5, 1929
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