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Millicent Fawcett
Millicent Fawcett was an English suffragist, feminist, intellectual, writer, politician, and union leader. She co-founded Newnham College at Cambridge, and also later served as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, and an official investigator of the British Government.





Full Name Millicent Garrett Fawcett
Who feminist
Birth Date June 11, 1847
Death Date August 5, 1929
Country England
Born Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, UK
Died London, England, UK
Cause of Death old age
Education n/a
Father Newson Garrett
Mother Louise Dunnell Garrett
Spouse Henry Fawcett
Siblings

Alice Garrett

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Sam Garrett

Josephine Garrett

George Garrett

Children Philippa Fawcett


Connections

Fawcett was the younger sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first female doctor in Britain. She went to live with her sister in 1858, at the age of 12, and was deeply influenced by her. 

One of the pivotal moments of Fawcett's life occurred in 1866, when she was 19, and attended a speech by John Stuart Mill. His words made a deep and lasting impression on Fawcett, and shortly afterward, she began working with his campaign. This also began her involvement with the women's rights movement. Mill and Fawcett also became friends.

In 1866, at the age of 19, Fawcett was introduced by Mill to Henry Fawcett. Millicent was already familiar with him, despite never having met him, due to the fact that he had previously courted and pledged to marry her older sister Elizabeth, before Elizabeth decided to focus on her medical career instead of marriage. Millicent and Henry had an instant connection, and, despite their fourteen year age gap, became friends and eventually fell in love. They married in 1867. One year later, Henry was tragically blinded in a shooting accident. Millicent lovingly cared for him, and Henry encouraged her to pursue her writing career. The couple enjoyed a good, intellectual relationship. They had a daughter, Philippa, in 1868. For the rest of their years together, the couple remained extremely close, and also became known as a bit radical due to Millicent and Henry being clear equals, as well as their non-conservative political stances. They split their time between two houses in Cambridge and London. In 1884, when Millicent was 37, Henry died. She was devastated, and withdrew from public life. She sold both of the houses that she and Henry had shared together.

Fawcett was a political non-supporter of Joseph Chamberlain, mainly over his Free Trade policy. She even withdrew from the Liberal Unionist Party in 1904, when Chamberlain gained control of the party.

Fawcett was an acquaintance of Lydia Becker. 


How Added - She was mentioned on the Wikipedia page of Camille Clifford, for having been photographed by the same photographer. 

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