Images, documents, and interviews with historians all form an exploration of the work of Millicent Fawcett – a feminist educational campaigner in the 19th century. Dr. Amanda Foreman considers how women faced many restrictions during the Victorian era, with a focus on poor education. Some of Fawcett’s legacies are explored. For example, the all-female Newnham College at Cambridge University, and her role in the women’s suffrage movement. These are considered to be key mile-stones in the history of the feminist struggle for greater opportunity.
Pupils could create a fact file about Millicent Fawcett detailing: her upbringing, her views, and her actions. Discuss and share as a class, thinking about how her upbringing affected her views.