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Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) was a British social and political activist and a leader of the more ‘respectable’ end of the women’s suffrage movement. She was married to the blind Cambridge professor and Liberal MP Henry Fawcett. During the 1899-1902 South African War, Millicent Fawcett was appointed head of the ‘Ladies Commission of Inquiry’ sent by the British government to investigate conditions in the so-called ‘concentration camps’ established by the British military in South Africa. During the First World War, she redirected her focus from suffrage activities to women’s war-work, leading the pacifist Schreiner to remark sharply in a 1915 letter to John Hodgson, “Thank you very much but I don’t want to hear Mrs ?PFawcet - I would pay a good deal not to hear her! You know I am a peace woman, & I loath these war like women!”. Schreiner’s comments about Fawcett’s earlier role in South Arica are also of the sharp variety.

For further information see:
Janet Howarth (2004) ‘Fawcett, Dame Millicent Garrett (1847-1929)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33096 
Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1924) What I Remember London: Fisher Unwin
David Rubinstein (1991) A Different World for Women: The Life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett London: Harvester Wheatsheaf
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