24 April 2018: The unveiling of the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square.
In the 1870s Millicent Fawcett became well known as a speaker and lecturer when women rarely ventured on to public platforms.
As well as doing the necessary and often dull work: lobbying MPs, writing letters and pamphlets, organising delegations, and chairing committees, she also achieved the extraordinary feat of organising a pilgrimage of 70,000 people from all around Britain to march into Hyde Park in July 1913.
She was also present in the Ladies’ Gallery in parliament in 1928 to witness the granting of universal suffrage on equal terms with men.
On its passing, she spoke of her “thankful heart”, understating her contribution, noting her “extraordinary good luck in having seen the struggle from the beginning.”