Millicent Fawcett
Millicent Fawcett

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Name: Millicent Fawcett
Occupation: Activist
Gender: Female
Birth Day: June 11, 1847
Death Date: 5 August 1929(1929-08-05) (aged 82)
Bloomsbury, London, England
Age: Aged 82
Birth Place: Aldeburgh, British
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Millicent Fawcett

Millicent Fawcett was born on June 11, 1847 in Aldeburgh, British (82 years old). Millicent Fawcett is an Activist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Millicent Fawcettnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Millicent Fawcett died on 5 August 1929(1929-08-05) (aged 82)
Bloomsbury, London, England.

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Millicent Garrett Fawcett was born on 11 June 1847 in Aldeburgh, to Newson Garrett (1812–1893), a businessman from nearby Leiston, and his wife Louisa (née Dunnell, 1813–1903) from London. She was the eighth of their ten children.


In 1858, at the age of 12, Fawcett was sent to London with her sister Elizabeth to study at a private boarding school in Blackheath. Their sister Louise took Millicent to the sermons of Frederick Denison Maurice, a socially aware and less traditional Church of England minister, whose opinions influenced Millicent's view of religion.


In 1865, she attended a lecture by John Stuart Mill and the following year, with friend Emily Davies, supported the Kensington Society by collecting signatures for a petition asking Parliament to enfranchise women householders.


John Stuart Mill introduced her to many other women's rights activists, including Henry Fawcett, a Liberal Member of Parliament who had intended to marry her sister Elizabeth before she decided to focus on her medical career. Millicent and Henry became close friends and married on 23 April 1867. Henry had been blinded in a shooting accident in 1858 and Millicent acted as his secretary. Their marriage was described as being based on "perfect intellectual sympathy", and Millicent pursued a writing career while caring for Henry. Fawcett ran two households, one in Cambridge and one in London. The family had some radical beliefs, supporting proportional representation, individualistic and free trade principles, and opportunities for women. Their only child, Philippa Fawcett, born in 1868, was strongly encouraged by her mother in her studies. In 1890 Philippa became the first woman to obtain the top score in the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos exams.


In 1868 Millicent joined the London Suffrage Committee, and in 1869 spoke at the first public pro-suffrage meeting held in London. In March 1870 she spoke in Brighton, her husband's constituency. As a speaker she was said to have a clear voice. In 1870 she published her short Political Economy for Beginners, which was "wildly successful", running through 10 editions in 41 years. In 1872 she and her husband published Essays and Lectures on Social and Political Subjects, which contained eight essays by Millicent. In 1875 she co-founded Newnham Hall and served on its council.


Fawcett wrote three books, one co-authored with her husband Henry, and many articles, some published posthumously. Fawcett's Political Economy for Beginners, went into ten editions, sparked two novels, and appeared in many languages. One of her first articles on women's education appeared in Macmillan's Magazine in 1875, the year when her interest in women's education led her to become a founder of Newnham College for Women in Cambridge. There she served on the college council and backed a controversial bid for all women to receive Cambridge degrees. Millicent regularly spoke at girls' schools, women's colleges and adult education centres. In 1904, she resigned from the Unionists over free trade, when Joseph Chamberlain gained control in his campaign for tariff reform.


After her husband died on 6 November 1884, Fawcett temporarily withdrew from public life, sold both family homes and moved with Philippa to the house of her sister, Agnes Garrett. When she resumed work in 1885, Fawcett began to concentrate on politics and was a key member of what became the Women's Local Government Society. Originally a Liberal, she joined the Liberal Unionist party in 1886 to oppose Irish Home Rule. She, like other English Protestants, felt that allowing a Catholic Ireland to have home rule would hurt England's prosperity and be disastrous for the Irish.


In 1891 Fawcett wrote the introduction of a new edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Lyndall Gordon calls this an "influential essay", in which Fawcett reasserted the reputation of the early feminist philosopher and claimed her as a foremother of the struggle for the vote.


Fawcett was granted an honorary doctorate of law by the University of St Andrews in 1899.


The South African War became an opportunity for Fawcett to share female responsibilities in British culture. She was nominated to lead the commission of women sent to South Africa. In July 1901, she sailed there with other women "to investigate Emily Hobhouse's indictment of atrocious conditions in concentration camps where the families of the Boer soldiers were interned." No women in Britain had been entrusted before with such a task in wartime. Millicent fought for the civil rights of the Uitlanders, "as the cause of revival of interest in women's suffrage".


Fawcett began her political career at the age of 22, at the first women's suffrage meeting. After the death of Lydia Becker, Fawcett became leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), Britain's main suffragist organisation. Politically she took a moderate position, distancing herself from the militancy and direct actions of the Women's Social and Political Union (WPSU), whose actions, she believed, harmed women's chances of winning the vote by souring public opinion and alienating Members of Parliament. Despite the publicity for the WSPU, the NUWSS with its slogan "Law-Abiding suffragists" retained more support. By 1905, Fawcett's NUWSS had 305 constituent societies and almost 50,000 members, compared with the WSPU's 2,000 members in 1913. Fawcett mainly fought for women's suffrage, and found home rule to be "a blow to the greatness and prosperity of England as well as disaster and... misery and pain and shame".


When the First World War broke out in 1914, the WSPU ceased all activities to focus on the war effort. Fawcett's NUWSS ceased political activity to support hospital services in training camps, Scotland, Russia and Serbia, largely because the organisation was significantly less militant than the WSPU: it contained many more pacifists and support for the war within the organisation was weaker. The WSPU was called jingoistic for its leaders' strong support for the war. While Fawcett was not a pacifist, she risked dividing the organisation if she ordered a halt to the campaign, and diverted NUWSS funds to the government as the WSPU had. The NUWSS continued to campaign for the vote during the war and used the situation to its advantage by pointing out the contribution women had made to the war effort. She held her post until 1919, a year after the first women had been granted the vote in the Representation of the People Act 1918. After that, she left the suffrage campaign and devoted much of her time to writing books, including a biography of Josephine Butler.


In 1919 Fawcett was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham. In the 1925 New Year Honours she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE).


Fawcett's statue holds a banner quoting from a speech she gave in 1920, after Emily Davison's death during the 1913 Epsom Derby: "Courage calls to courage everywhere". At the unveiling of the statue Theresa May said: "I would not be standing here today as Prime Minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in Parliament, none of us would have the rights we now enjoy, were it not for one truly great woman: Dame Millicent Garret [sic] Fawcett."


She died in 1929 at her home in Gower Street, London. Her ashes were scattered at the Golders Green Crematorium. In 1932, a memorial to Fawcett, alongside that of her husband, was unveiled in Westminister Abbey with an inscription that reads: "A wise constant and courageous Englishwoman. She won citizenship for women."

Millicent Fawcett Hall was constructed in 1929 in Westminster as a place for women's debates and discussions; presently owned by Westminster School, the hall is used by the drama department as a 150-seat studio theatre.


A blue plaque for Fawcett was erected in 1954 by London County Council at her home of 45 years in Bloomsbury.


In February 2018 Fawcett was announced as the winner of the BBC Radio 4 poll for the most influential woman of the past 100 years.

In 2018, 100 years after the passing of the Representation of the People Act, for which Fawcett had successfully campaigned and which granted limited franchise, she became the first woman to be commemorated with a statue in Parliament Square, by the sculptor Gillian Wearing. This followed a campaign led by Caroline Criado Perez, in which over 84,000 online signatures were garnered.

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 J. Malcolm Fawcett Children N/A N/A N/A
#2 Philippa Fawcett Children N/A N/A N/A
#3 Agnes Garrett Siblings N/A N/A N/A
#4 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Siblings N/A N/A N/A
#5 Henry Fawcett Spouse N/A N/A N/A

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Millicent Fawcett is 175 years, 5 months and 19 days old. Millicent Fawcett will celebrate 176th birthday on a Sunday 11th of June 2023. Below we countdown to Millicent Fawcett upcoming birthday.


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172nd birthday - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Millicent Fawcett and Vauxhall Park - Vauxhall History

Elizabeth Crawford on Millicent Fawcett's campaign to establish a public park on the site of her former home in South Lambeth Road, London SW8.

171st birthday - Monday, June 11, 2018

Millicent Fawcett's 171st birthday celebrated with Google Doodle

Millicent Fawcett’s birthday has been celebrated by Google with one of the search engine website’s elaborate Doodles. The British feminist who died in 1929 would have been 171 today. She was primarily known for her work as a campaigner for Women’s suffrage. The doodle shows Ms Fawcett campaigning alongside other suffragettes.

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