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Dame Millicent Fawcett

(1847-1929), Leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement and author

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett)

Sitter in 14 portraits
Leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement. Millicent Garrett was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. Became involved in her teenage years in Women's emancipation. In 1867 she married the blind Liberal MP Henry Fawcett , whose guide and secretary she became as well as writing her own articles on women's education and suffrage. Co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge (1871). Following her husband's death she wrote reviews, biographies and became involved in the 'purity' movement to curb child abuse. Under her presidency (1897-1919) the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) became the largest of its kind with 50,000 members by 1913.

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