Women’s votes campaigner Millicent Fawcett making history again

PUBLISHED: 14:24 26 April 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the unveiling of the statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, in Parliament Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 24, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Statue. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the unveiling of the statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, in Parliament Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 24, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Statue. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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The statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in Parliament Square 100 years after some women were given the right to vote.

She had already made history as a campaigner of women’s votes and as one of the founders of Newnham College, Cambridge.

But yesterday (Tuesday) Millicent Fawcett made a new entry in the history books as her statue was unveiled – the first of a woman in Parliament Square.

The statue of the suffragist leader, who lived in Cambridge with her husband, now stands alongside 11 male figures including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. It was unveiled by her great-great niece, and figures who had campaigned for the honour.

Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking at the unveiling, said: “I would not be here today as Prime Minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in Parliament, none of us would have had the rights and protections we now enjoy, were it not for one truly great woman, Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.”

Activist and writer Caroline Criado Perez started the campaign for a statue.

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