Fawcett, Millicent Garrett, Dame

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Fawcett, Millicent Garrett, Dame

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Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a British suffragist, writer, activist and political leader. Her elder sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first female doctor in England and influenced Millicent's views. Millicent, her sister and fellow suffragist Emily Davies along with others formed the Kensington Society - a group devoted to the discussion of women's suffrage. Millicent continued to be involved in the cause later becoming secretary for the London Society for Women's Suffrage. Millicent and her husband, Henry Fawcett, also published works on social and political subjects and were considered radicals in their time. Not only interested in the cause of suffrage, Millicent also campaigned for laws to curb child abuse and against gendered laws that punished sex workers for having sexually transmitted infections. Millicent became the leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1890 and held this post until 1919, after women had been granted the right to vote. In her later life she focused on her writing until her death in 1929.


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