She's the first woman ever to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square - but who was Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and what did she do for the women's movement? #BehindEveryGreatCity
After six decades of campaigning, and nearly 90 years after her death, in April 2018 Millicent Garrett Fawcett became the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square.
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, reflects on the legacy of this remarkable woman.
A great campaigner, a great politician, and a great supporter of other women.
During one of their conversations, Emily told Elizabeth: "It is quite clear what has to be done. I must devote myself to securing higher education, while you open the medical profession to women. After these things are done, we must see about getting the vote."
Turning to Millicent, she added: "You are younger than we are, Millie, so you must attend to that."
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act granted voting rights to women homeowners over 30.
Once the act had passed, Millicent Garrett Fawcett resigned as President of the NUWSS, at the age of 71.
She continued to campaign for women to have the vote on equal terms with men, which was achieved in 1928.
Millicent died shortly afterwards, at her Gower Street home, in 1929.
Brooch image courtesy of The Fawcett Society.
The Fawcett Society is the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, as part of Millicent Fawcett's ongoing legacy. Find out more about their work here.