Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE

Died aged 82

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, GBE (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929) was an English feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. However, she is primarily known for her work as a suffragist (a campaigner for women to have the vote). As a suffragist (as opposed to a suffragette), she took a moderate line, but was a tireless campaigner. She concentrated much of her energy on the struggle to improve women's opportunities for higher education and in 1871 co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge. She later became president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (the NUWSS), a position she held from 1897 until 1919. In July 1901 she was appointed to lead the British Government's commission to South Africa to investigate conditions in the concentration camps that had been created there in the wake of the Second Boer War. Her report corroborated what the campaigner Emily Hobhouse had said about conditions in the camps.

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Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett 1847-1929 pioneer of women's suffrage lived and died here

2 Gower Street, Camden, WC1, London, United Kingdom where they lived and died (1929)

1833-1884 Henry Fawcett Born in Salisbury in 1833. Blinded in a shooting accident, he became Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University and a Liberal MP. He campaigned for equal rights for women and married Millicent Garrett. Appointed Postmaster General in 1880 he reformed the Post Office by introducing the sixpenny telegram, tablets on letterboxes to show collection times; a savings scheme and postal orders. He introduced the Parcel Post service in 1883. Millicent became the president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and played a key role in persuading Parliament to give women the vote. Henry Fawcett died in 1884.

statue, market place, just off Blue Boar Row, Salisbury, United Kingdom where they was

Leader of the women's suffrage movement Millicent Fawcett 1847-1929 was born here

The Uplands, Victoria Street, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom where they was born (1847)

60 years a campaigner for women's suffrage Millicent Garrett Fawcett 1847-1929 lived here.

Alde House, Alde House Drive, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom where they lived

Millicent Garrett Fawcett [full inscription unknown]

18 Brookside, Cambridge, United Kingdom where they was