02 APRIL 2017

Today, we fully welcome the government’s announcement that a statue of Dame Millicent Fawcett will be put up in Parliament Square next year, commemorating 100 years since women gained the vote in the UK. She will be the first woman to be honoured in Parliament Square.

Chief Executive Sam Smethers says:

“We are delighted that Millicent Fawcett, the woman who led the constitutional campaign for votes for women, will finally be honoured.

“A statue of her in Parliament Square will be a fitting tribute. Her contribution was great but she has been overlooked and unrecognised until now. By honouring her we also honour the wider suffrage movement. The Fawcett Society will be using the centenary next year to tell that story in all its diversity.

“None of this would have happened without the campaign that Caroline Criado-Perez launched last year for a suffrage statue in Parliament Square.  That campaign won widespread support from J.K. Rowling to the Mayor of London.  This statue is also a tribute to her and a testament to what one woman can achieve on behalf of all women.”

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Read more about Millicent's life, and her campaigning to get women the vote here.
Keep up to date with the latest news on the suffrage centenary here.