#Empowered ~ Dame Millicent Fawcett
After an online petition with over 84,000 signatures in support, Dame Millicent Fawcett is to be the first female honoured with a statue in London's Parliament Square. Alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill; she is to be commemorated for her tireless work as a suffragist and contributions to the fight for women's rights.
Especially campaigning for women's opportunities in higher education, Dame Fawcett co-founded the female only Newnham College at Cambridge University, which has produced alumni such as Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson and MP Diane Abbott. After her death in 1929 these contributions were honoured with the construction of the Millicent Fawcett Hall in Westminster, a safe space for women to discuss and debate issues that affected them.
In 1890 she helped establish the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies which she held until 1919 just after the Representation of of People's Act 1918, which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote. Dame Fawcett's statue is scheduled to be erected in February on the 100 year anniversary of the Act.
Not only is it great to finally see the first female statue in Parliament Square but the sculptor behind it, Gillian Wearing, will be the first female artist to create a piece for Parliament Square.
"Courage calls to courage everywhere"