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Google honors british feminist Millicent Fawcett with doodle

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a leading Suffragist and campaigner for equal rights for women in UK.


Devdiscourse News Desk 11 Jun 2018, 08:39 AM United Kingdom
  • She led the biggest suffrage organization, the non-violent from 1890-1919 and played a key role in gaining women the vote. (Image Credit: Google)

Google Doodle honors the 171st anniversary of the birth of British feminist Millicent Fawcett. Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a leading suffragist and played a huge role in securing the vote for women in 1918.

Ms. Fawcett won a BBC Radio 4 poll earlier this year for being the most influential women of the past 100 years.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a leading Suffragist and campaigner for equal rights for women. She led the biggest suffrage organization, the non-violent (NUWSS) from 1890-1919 and played a key role in gaining women the vote.

Reflecting her passion for education, she helped to found Newnham College, Cambridge. She also engaged in other political activities such as supporting worker rights and overcoming laws which were based on a dual morality for men and women.

At the age of 19, Fawcett went to hear a speech by radical MP John Stuart Mill a day that would be a pivotal one for the future campaigner.

Stuart Mill was an early advocate of universal women’s suffrage and his speech on equal rights for women made a big impression on Millicent.

She soon became actively involved in his campaign, growing increasingly impressed by Mill's practical support for women’s rights on the basis of utilitarianism, rather than abstract principles.

In collaboration with ten other young and mostly unmarried women, Fawcett began work to establish the Kensington Society, a discussion group focused around English women's suffrage in 1865.

Months after joining Mill’s campaign, Fawcett organized signatures for the first petition for women's suffrage and became secretary of the London Society for Women's Suffrage.

In 1868, she joined the London Suffrage Committee, and a year later spoke at the first public pro-suffrage meeting in London.

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