Prime Minister Theresa May has honoured suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett with a post-humourous statue in Parliament Square – making her the first woman to receive such a commemoration in the area.
Fawcett was the pioneer of women’s suffrage and leader of the campaign that sought the right for women to vote in the UK between 1897 and 1928 – when the Representation of the People Act put women’s voting rights on equal terms with men, providing they were over 21.
Dame Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1897 and continued on as President until 1919.
Her group displayed peaceful demonstrations in order to get their voices heard, whereas the more radical suffragettes used violence in their campaign.
The former Home Secretary said Millicent “continues to inspire the battle against the injustices of today”, as she will stand alongside other historical greats such as Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi in …