Photograph of Millicent Fawcett


This photograph shows Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, who chaired the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) and led the constitutional women’s suffrage campaign.

Her campaigning career began after her marriage to Liberal MP Henry Fawcett in 1867. Focussing on women’s education and suffrage, Fawcett found success through the medium of pen and voice, and led her to become the first woman to address the Oxford Union in 1908.

Fawcett emerged as a leader of the suffrage movement when, after the death of Lydia Becker, she presided over a committee that eventually became the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1897. Her support in this role was founded amongst university-educated women, and later from many work class women who favoured the NUWSS's peaceful, legal campaigning methods.

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Millicent Fawcett
c. 1900
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