Millicent Fawcett has been in the news a fair amount recently for a woman who has been dead for 89 years. So what’s all the fuss about?
Well, a statue of her has been unveiled in Parliament Square this week as part of the commemorations marking a century since women in the UK got the vote. The struggle was long and difficult, and a number of bodies, including parliament, are hoping an awareness of how hard women had to fight for the right for a say in our parliament might encourage more women, especially young women, to vote.https://goo.gl/images/p1EnSR
As 2018 rolls on, the issues surrounding the silencing of women in today’s world are getting more attention, so maybe it’s going to be the moment when generations of women start to assert their rights at the ballot box.
Fawcett was a suffragist, not a suffragette, and it’s important to remind ourselves that there were many women’s organisations demanding the right to vote, many voices, not a single one, just as women today come in all shades of political hue and hold widely diverging opinions.