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Millicent Fawcett: Suffragist Statue To Be Unveiled In London
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Millicent Fawcett: Suffragist Statue To Be Unveiled In London

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A statue that commemorates Millicent Fawcett, the suffragist, is to be unveiled later opposite Parliament.

During the beginning of the 20th Century, she campaigned for women's right to vote and is perceived as one of the most influential feminists from the past 100 years.

Fawcett campaigned for women's right to vote in the initial years of the 20th Century and is perceived as one of the more influential feminists of the past century.

Produced by the artist, Gillian Wearing, the bronze casting features Wearing holding a banner that reads "courage calls to courage everywhere."

It will be momentous in the sense that it will be the first ever statue of a woman to be erected in Parliament Square.

Expected to attend Tuesday's unveiling is the Prime Minister Theresa May of whom stated that the work would provide a reminder of Dame Millicent's incredible life and the legacy she left.

As part of this year's centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, that provided some women above the age of 30 the vote, the statue was commissioned.

It followed in the footsteps of the campaign by feminist activist and writer Caroline Criado Perez of whom also led the successful effort of last year to have Jane Austen printed on the £10 note.

Perez developed the statue idea when she was running on International Women's Day in 2016 and recognised that the only historical figures of whom were being commemorated were male.

Abraham Lincoln, William Gladstone, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill are among the 11 statues that exist.

The life of Millicent Fawcett

Millicent Fawcett

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- Born in 1847, Millicent was a pioneering union leader, intellectual and pioneering feminist of whom strove for women's voting rights.

-  While the two terms are frequently confused, Millicent was a suffragist, not a suffragette.

- Millicent shared many of the same suffragette aims, the radical group led by Emmeline Pankhurst, though favoured protests that were non-violent.

- The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies was formed by Millicent in 1897

- Millicent also played an integral role in the founding of Newnham College, the second University of Cambridge college to accept women

- During the Boer war, in 1902, Fawcett took the lead in an all-female investigation into the terrible conditions in British concentration camps in South Africa.

- A year after women were permitted the vote on equal grounds to men, Millicent died in 1929.


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