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Definition: Fawcett, Dame Millicent from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

née

Garrett

1847-1929

English suffragette and educational reformer

Born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the wife of Henry Fawcett (m.1867) and younger sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, she opposed the militancy of the Pankhursts, but campaigned for women's suffrage and higher education for women. She was a founder of Newnham College, Cambridge (1871), and was president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (1897-1919). She wrote Political Economy for Beginners (1870) and The Women's Victory - and After (1920).

  • Rubinstein, David A Different World for Women: The Life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1991).

Summary Article: Fawcett, Millicent
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English suffragist and social reformer, younger sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. A non-militant, she rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement. She joined the London Suffrage Committee in 1868 and became president of the Women's Unionist Association in 1889. She was president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWWS) 1897–1919.

She was also active in property reform and campaigned for the right of married women to own their own property, and the higher education and employment of women. In 1925 Fawcett was made a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

Fawcett was born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. In 1867 she married Henry Fawcett, the politician. Her publications include The Women's Victory – and After (1920) and What I Remember (1924).

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