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Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 1847 to 1929

Millicent Fawcett

Dame Millicent Garett Fawcett, GBE, was a Governor at Bedford College and lends her name to the College’s Fawcett Lecture, recognising the contributions she made to improving women's opportunities for higher education. In 1875 she was a co-founder of Newnham Hall (later College), Cambridge.

She was the daughter of a malster who was keen to support her, and her sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson's attempts to enter the medical profession. She was the aunt of Bedford College alumna Louisa Garrett Anderson.

In 1868 she began to speak in public on the theme of women’s suffrage and afterwards was referred to in the House of Commons as one of the "two ladies, wives of members of this house, who have disgraced themselves in public."

In 1897 she became President of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.

She was made a 'Dame' after the First World War. It is notable that she was opposed, in principle, to the methods of the militant suffragist movement in the early years of the 20th Century.


To mark the centenary of votes for women, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the UK Parliament have developed a range of resources and an online course exploring the history of women's rights and suffrage.


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