Wise, constant and courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

    Dame Millicent Fawcett,    by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co,    published September 1889,    NPG x9121,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Dame Millicent Fawcett by Walery,
published by Sampson Low & Co September 1889
NPG x9121

Past display archive
15 December 2015 - 4 September 2016

Room 25: case display


2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fawcett Society, the United Kingdom’s leading charity for women’s equality and rights at home, at work and in public life. To mark the occasion, this display presents a number of photographs of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929), leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement and author. In 1866, Fawcett began her life’s work leading a powerful, mass campaign for women to be granted the right to vote. Under her presidency the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies became the largest of its kind with 50,000 members by 1913. Finally in 1928, a year before Fawcett’s death, the Equal Franchise Act gave women the vote on the same basis as men. This display is part of a wider celebration of Fawcett, the society and the achievements of the women’s movement.

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