Centenary Year

In 2018 as we mark 100 years of the first votes for women we are at a tipping point. Women, girls and their male allies are standing together to reject misogyny, violence and sexism and to demand change.

We remember the suffrage campaigners of the past and their struggle over many decades for women’s rights including the right to vote. They faced many barriers and set-backs. Yet they persisted. Their triumph inspires us to know that we too can succeed. Anything is possible.

But there are also those who would turn the clock back. Those who would undo the progress of the past. The truth is equality won’t happen on its own. So we have to fight on and find the next generation who will step forward to drive change.

The moment becomes the movement. Join us.

Be a part of Millicent Fawcett's movement

Thanks to a campaign led by Caroline Criado Perez, Millicent Fawcett is now the first woman commemorated with a statue in Parliament Square – a landmark moment for the wider suffrage movement, and for women everywhere.

Find out more about Millicent Fawcett and the movement for women's suffrage by reading our centenary factsheets here.

Watch the story of how the statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett was made below.

Video credit: Mayor of London

It's been 100 years since some women secured the vote - but as our Sex and Power 2018 report shows, we clearly still have a long way to go.  Equality won't happen if we don't fight for it. We've got to make it happen. We will continue Millicent's legacy by ensuring 2018 is a year of victories for girls and women everywhere. 

Will you join our call for a fairer, more equal society? Honour Millicent Fawcett today by becoming a Fawcett member at this crucial time for gender equality.

BECOME A FAWCETT member today

Register now: #March4Women 2018

The march starts at 12pm, at Millbank. There will be speeches and entertainment, followed by a rally up to Trafalgar Square. The event finishes at 3.30pm. Find out more here.

Map of #March4Women event in London 

2018 marks 100 years since (some) women in the UK were legally allowed to vote. One hundred years on, here in the UK and around the world, women are all too often subjected to abuse, harassment or violence. Join us to #March4Women worldwide so women and girls can live, learn, earn and lead with safety, dignity and respect. Sign up to attend for free at the bottom of this page.

CARE International’s #March4Women, which The Fawcett Society is partnering on, brings together people of all genders to end the injustice of gender discrimination and inequality, and help make a more equal world – for everyone.

We will gather at midday for a cross-party tribute to the suffragettes and women in modern-day politics from Minister for Women - Victoria Atkins (Conservatives), Dawn Butler (Labour), Jo Swinson (Lib Dems), Amelia Womack (Green), Hannah Bardell (SNP) and Sandi Toksvig (WEP).

‘Sylvia’, an energetic and modern hip hop musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, will then open the rally. The list of wonderful speakers on the programme includes Isabel Adomakoh Young, actor, writer and activist speaking on behalf of 50:50 Parliament, poet Salen Godden, Bianca Jagger, Nazma Akter, one of Bangladesh's foremost labour leaders fighting for an end to violence against women in the garment industry, Faeeza Vaid, director of Muslim Women’s Network and Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, lawyer and women’s rights campaigner, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, with more to be confirmed. A musical finale, with produced by film composer David Arnold, will close a powerful and celebratory day.

Women making a difference around the world

Join us to #March4Women in March 2018 and celebrate the trailblazing women of then and now, who fought and continue to fight for equality. 

Men have a part to play too

We were thrilled to see so many men and boys join us to #March4Women in 2017 – take a moment to find out why. We welcome all activists and allies for gender equality at #March4Women.

#March4Women in the news

Take a look at some of the highlights from 2017: Annie Lennox and Dr Helen Pankhurst joined Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain to discuss feminism, the Daily Mirror interviewed Human Rights Activist Bianca Jagger on the current state of gender inequality, and The Guardian featured the march as the kick-off event ahead of International Women’s Day 2017.

Join us in March 2018

Save the date: join us on Sunday 4 March 2018 for the biggest, noisiest and most celebratory #March4Women yet! Sign up to attend for free using the link below.

Sexism, harassment and violence are huge barriers that women face globally in the workplace. Last year, #March4Women supporters called on the government to do more to support vulnerable refugees, especially women and girls. With #March4Women 2018 we will be asking you to join us in calling for an end to gender-based discrimination and violence in the workplace, around the world. Read Fawcett's landmark Sex Discrimination Law Review to find out why this is a critical time to reform the law so women everywhere have better access to justice. 

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