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

The Fawcett Society brings you a night of comedy hosted by Ayesha Hazarika MBE, Scottish comedian and political commentator, with Jen Brister, a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and actor who has appeared on Live at the Apollo and The Guilty Feminist. We will also be joined by Harriet Braine, Funny Women Award Winner 2016 and Best Newcomer at the 2016 Musical Comedy Awards, Chloe Petts, finalist for the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 and runner-up in Funny Women Awards 2017/18, and alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve Sophie Duker.

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Join us to help us raise funds for our Future Fawcett education outreach campaign, celebrate womanhood, and laugh the night away!

Thanks to Funny Women for supporting this event.


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Ayesha Hazarika MBE

Ayesha Hazarika MBE was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. She is now a much sought after political commentator and broadcaster.

She is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and The Scotsman and writes for many other national publications. She frequently appears on television and radio including the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Sky News, Good Morning Britain, LBC and CNN where she’s a regular pundit on domestic and international affairs.

Ayesha is also a stand-up comedian and last year completed a successful nationwide tour of her show State of the Nation about power, politics and how we lost the plot.

Her first book will be published in May. ‘Punch and Judy Politics’ is a history and insider’s guide to the art of Prime Minister’s Questions.

Harriet Braine 

Harriet Braine is a musical comedian, who dedicates a remarkably large portion of her oeuvre to Art History.

After winning Best Newcomer at the 2016 Musical Comedy Awards, she started gigging around London and the South East and has played at venues as diverse as Up The Creek, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Brighton Komedia, and that building that looks like a cheese grater. She reached the final of Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition, and was crowned the winner of the Funny Women Stage Award 2016. 

Harriet was listed as One of Culture Trip’s 11 up-and-coming comedians to see in London Spring 2017 “Her range of impressions have hit home all over London” (Culture Trip).

2017 saw Harriet debut at the the Edinburgh Fringe with her superbly titled show ‘Total Eclipse of the Art’. The show sold out every day and Harriet made numerous appearances at the BBC Tent including an interview with Jonathan Ross for his BBC Radio 2 ‘The Arts Show’.

Jen Brister

Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, who most recently has appeared on the latest series’ of Live at the Apollo (BBC2) and The Now Show (R4).

She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits and toured extensively — with comedians Kerry Godliman, Francesca Martinez and Roisin Conaty, among others — and is currently supporting Frankie Boyle in London.

This is as near perfect stand up as I have seen ***** SCOTSGAY
A splendid hour of laughing till your face hurts **** THE LIST
Thoughtful and very funny…Hilarious **** THE ARTS DESK
A confident and charismatic performer **** EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
“Outrageously Funny” METRO
“Gorgeously talented” TIME OUT, TIM ARTHUR

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Chloe Petts

Having started comedy less than three years ago, Chloe Petts is making inroads on the London scene and beyond. With her "compelling presence" (Steve Bennett, Chortle) and "inexhaustibly funny mind" (Diva Magazine), she has been a finalist in a host of competitions, including the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017, and came runner-up in Funny Women Awards 2017/18. She came third in the Cavendish Arms Summer Competition, has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Xtra and the Channel 4's "Random Acts" and is a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company. She is a founding member of the queer comedy collective "The Lol Word", as well as established London night "Joy Multiplication". She has been selected for the prestigious Pleasance Reserve 2018

Sophie Duker

Sophie Duker describes herself as a “sexy-cerebral comedy underdog” and is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit. In 2018 Sophie starred in a comedy pilot for Channel 4 called Riot Girls, as well as a new pilot for Comedy Central UK called What I Wish I’d Said.

She is also a comedy writer whose funnies you might have heard in the following places: the British Broadcasting Co-orporation (Famlam, BBC2; The News Quiz, The Now Show, BBC Radio 4) and Cartoon Network (The Amazing World of Gumball).

Sophie is an alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, has been shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award and is a previous finalist of the Funny Women Awards.

She founded and hosts MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRLS, an international, intersectional feminist comedy show that appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017. Since January 2018 Sophie also hosts Wacky Racists, a ‘crazy stupid cool’ comedy cabaret gameshow, in a monthly residency at the Aces & Eights.

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