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Millicent Garrett Fawcett
 
Millicent was seventh of the ten high-flying Garrett children and had watched her elder sister, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson struggle to become the first woman doctor. When she was only 18, she met and married the blind MP Henry Fawcett. Helping him with his speeches, she became increasingly involved in politics. In 1867 she joined the first woman's suffrage society. A compelling speaker, she became president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) when it was formed in 1897.

Millicent was a "suffragist" believing passionately that the vote could be won best by constitutional means. She was increasingly concerned that the violent methods of the "suffragettes" were harming the campaign. The Fawcett Society, which can trace direct lineage back to the NUWSS, is named after her.

 
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