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Rebel daughter Flint welcomes Millicent Fawcett statue

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Caroline Flint has welcomed the statue in Parliament Square of the campaigner for women's suffrage, Millicent Fawcett.

On the day of the unveiling, Caroline released a photo from behind the statue, with the tweet: "Sneaking in on the back of the official photo shoot. Rebel daughter that I am."

To celebrate the 100 years of Women Getting the vote, Caroline contributed a short video to the Rebel Daughters exhibition hosted by Darts at The Point, Doncaster.  Watch her video HERE.

Millicent_fawcett_group_pic0418.jpgSpeaking after the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue, Caroline said: "Millicent Fawcett was a great campaigner for equality. It took Millicent Fawcett many years to win the campaign to secure the vote for women.  It took a further 100 years to get this statue and, for once, have a women celebrated in Parliament Square.  I hope this is the first of many statues to women who have changed our country.  And I hope there are some 'rebel daughters' among them.

"It is shocking to see that, across the country, once you remove the statue of Queen Victoria, less than 3% of the female statues are of women who actually existed.  How depressing."

Millicent_Fawcett.jpgMillicent Fawcett is less famous than Emily Pankhurst and the suffragettes but, arguably, she was more influential. She was present in the Ladies’ Gallery in the House of Commons, aged 19, when John Stuart Mill introduced his famous amendment to the 1867 Representation of the People Bill, stating: ‘man’ was to become ‘person’, if the male MPs were so willing. They were not. Two months later, she attended the first meeting of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage and joined its executive committee. She was a speaker at its first public meeting.  Fawcett campaigned, lawfully, for the next 50 years to see the passage of the Representation of the People Act, in June 1917, which the first ever women's suffrage clause.  The Bill, which came into force in February 2018, enfranchised women over 30, giving some 8 million the vote. Within ten years, every women had won the right to vote.  Millicent Fawcett continued to campaign for equality until the end of her life.  Fawcett lived to see the Equal Franchise Act 1928 come into force.  She died in 1929.

The 11 existing statues in Parliament Square are of Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, former prime minister of South Africa Jan Smuts and former British prime ministers Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Robert Peel, David Lloyd George, Viscount Palmerston, Earl of Derby Edward Stanley, Earl of Beaconsfield Benjamin Disraeli and George Canning.

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