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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“If, however, the success of a politician is to be measured by the degree in which he is able personally to influence the course of politics, and attach to himself a school of political thought, then Mr. Mill, in the best meaning of the words, has succeeded.”

Millicent Fawcett
Jun 11, 1847 - Aug 5, 1929
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