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DOWNEY W&D 57 & 61 Ebury St. London Mrs Fawcett. Image size 14cm x 9 cm., mounted on printed card surround. Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, GBE (1847 – 1929) was a British feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a suffragist. She took a more moderate line than the suffragette moment espoused but worked constantly to improve women's opportunities and rights. She president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 until 1919. In 1858 when she was twelve, Millicent was sent to London, with her sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (the first female doctor in Britain) to study. When she was 19 she went to hear a speech by the radical MP, John Stuart Mill (an early male advocate of universal women’s suffrage). His speech on equal rights for women made a big impression, and she became actively involved in his campaign, becoming secretary of the London Society for Women's Suffrage. In 1868, Millicent joined the London Suffrage Committee, and in 1869 she spoke at the first public pro-suffrage meeting to be held in London. Millicent supported the campaign "to curb child abuse by raising the age of consent, criminalising incest, cruelty to children within the family, to end the practice of excluding women from courtrooms when sexual offences were under consideration, to stamp out the 'white slave trade', and to prevent child marriage and the introduction of regulated prostitution in India".Fawcett also campaigned for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts, which reflected sexual double standards. The Acts required that prostitutes be examined for sexually transmitted diseases, and if they were found to have passed any on to their clients, they were imprisoned, although the prostitutes' infectious male clients were not subject to the Acts. Fawcett was instrumental in gaining the vote for six million British women over 30 years old in 1918. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 (which granted voting rights to women over the age of 18) a statue of her is to be erected in Parliament Square, London. The statue will hold a placard containing a quote from a speech she gave following Emily Wilding Davison's death during the 1913 Epsom Derby, reading "Courage calls to courage everywhere". An early contemporary photograph of Millicent Fawcett in Very Good condition.
condition: Very Good


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