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Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Selected writings

Edited by Melissa Terras and Elizabeth Crawford

£55.00

ISBN: 9781787358652

Publication: June 09, 2022

‘Courage calls to courage everywhere’ is the best-known phrase associated with Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929), the leading UK suffragist and campaigner of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But what is the source of her quote, and what is its context?

This book reproduces Fawcett’s essential speeches, pamphlets and newspaper columns to tell the story of her dynamic contribution to public life. Thirty-five texts and 22 images are contextualised and linked to contemporary news coverage as well as to historical and literary references. These speeches, articles, artworks and photographs cover both the advances and the defeats in the campaign for women’s votes. They also demonstrate a variety of the topics and causes Fawcett pursued: the provision of education for women; feminist history; a love of literature (and Fawcett’s own attempt at fiction); purity and temperance; the campaign against employment of children; the British Army’s approach to the South African War; the Unionist cause against Home Rule for Ireland; and the role of suffrage organisations during World War I. Here is a rich, intertextual web of literary works, preferred reading material, organisations, contacts, friends, and sometimes enemies, that reveals Fawcett the individual throughout 61 years of campaigning. The first scholarly appraisal of Fawcett in over 30 years, this is essential reading for those wishing to understand the varied political, social and cultural contributions of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

Praise for Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected writings

'Millicent Fawcett’s influence in the suffrage movement is often overlooked in favour of the more radical suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. Millicent was hugely important, concentrating on non violent rational persuasion. This book explains the work of this dogged suffragist.'
Dame Jenni Murray - former president Fawcett Society

'Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected writings invites the reader to delve into the life and passions of this great suffragist leader. Millicent Fawcett paved the way for women to take their place in public life, that’s why I’m so proud that in 2018, her sculpture was unveiled in London, becoming Parliament Square’s first-ever statue of a woman. The statue depicts Millicent holding a banner bearing the powerful quote, “Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere”. This book explores important aspects of the rich and too-often untold history of women’s rights, including the origins of that inspirational quote.'
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

'This is a vital collection of the vital speeches of a vital person. You need to read this to understand the history of Millicent Fawcett and if you don’t understand the history of Millicent Fawcett you don’t understand one of the most important developments in modern civilisation.'
Lord Daniel Finkelstein

'Millicent Fawcett is one of the pivotal voices in UK political history. Her work paved the way for every woman who has ever taken her place in a parliament anywhere on these islands. When any of us talk about standing on the shoulders of giants, Millicent Fawcett was that giant of female empowerment.'
Baroness Ruth Davidson

'Millicent Fawcett was one of the most influential figures of her age, yet history has tended to overlook her. Extraordinarily astute and forward-thinking, she inspired women to change their world by giving them a political voice, and the confidence to use it. Thanks to this collection, which is both scholarly and accessible, we can now hear her own voice as never before. She continues to inspire us to speak out on behalf of women's progress everywhere.'
Jane Robinson, Senior Associate, Somerville College, Oxford; author of Ladies Can't Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women

'Terras and Crawford have brought together a powerful and accessible collection of contributions from Millicent Garrett Fawcett, whose speeches and writings gave a political voice to the women of her generation. This book allows us to follow the footsteps of a momentous - albeit often overlooked - suffragist, who blazed the trail we now walk'
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh‘s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Elizabeth Crawford is the author of a number of key works about women's suffrage, including The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A reference guide 1866–1928 and Enterprising Women: The Garretts and their circle.

List of figures

Foreword
Fiona Mactaggart (Chair, Fawcett Society)

Introduction

1.   Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Garrett Fawcett with Henry Fawcett, 1868

2.   The Education of Women of Middle and Upper Classes, 1868

3.   Electoral Disabilities of Women, 1871

4.   Picturing Fawcett: A meeting at the Hanover Square Rooms, 1872

5.   Picturing Fawcett: Professor and Mrs Fawcett by Ford Madox Brown, 1872

6.   Mrs Fawcett on Women’s Suffrage, 1872

7.   Mr Fitzjames Stephen on the Position of Women, 1873

8.   Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Fawcett’s Lecture at the Unitarian Church, Glasgow, 1875

9.   Reporting Fawcett: The Women of Modern Fiction Lectures, 1874

10. Janet Doncaster, An Excerpt, 1875

11. Women and Representative Government, 1883

12. The Protection of Girls: Speech or Silence, 1885

13. Employment for Girls. The Civil Service (the Post Office), 1887

14. The Employment of Children in Theatres, 1889

15. Picturing Fawcett: Mrs Fawcett, 1890

16.  Introduction to Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1891

17. Home and Politics, 1892

18. The Story of the Opening of University Education to Women, 1894

19. Reporting Fawcett: Women’s Suffrage, 1897

20. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Fawcett by Theodore Blake Wirgman, 1898

21. Women’s Suffrage, Manchester, 1899

22. The White Slave Trade: Its Causes, and the Best Means of Preventing It, 1899

23. The Concentration Camps in South Africa, 1901

24. Why We Women Want Votes, 1906

25. The Prisoners of Hope in Holloway Gaol, 1906

26. Picturing Fawcett: NUWSS Procession, 1908

27. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Fawcett, 1908

28. National Union Manifesto, 1908

29. Picturing Fawcett 9: A Woman Speaking at the Oxford Union for the First Time, 1908

30. Men are Men and Women are Women, 1909

31. Picturing Fawcett: International Woman Suffrage Alliance Congress, 1909

32. Picturing Fawcett: Mrs Henry Fawcett, LL.D. President of the National Union, 1909

33. Reporting Fawcett: Wanted: A Statesman, 1909

34. Picturing Fawcett: Dame Millicent Fawcett, C.B.E., LL.D. by Annie Louisa Swynnerton, c. 1910

35. Broken Windows - and After, 1912

36. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 1912

37. Who’s For Us? For Him Are We, 1912

38. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Fawcett's Hyde Park Address, 1913

39. To the Members of the National Union, 1914

40. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Garrett Fawcett 1914

41. Life’s Cost, 1915

42. Lift Up Your Hearts, 1916

43. An Immense and Significant Advance, 1917

44. Sing, Rejoice and Give Thanks, 1918

45. Still In Thy Right Hand Carry Gentle Peace, 1918

46. Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere, 1920

47. Picturing Fawcett: Dame Millicent Fawcett, 1925

48. Picturing Fawcett: Dame Millicent Fawcett at NUSEC Garden Party, 1925

49. What the Vote has Done, 1926 and 1927

50. How University College, London Led the Way in the Education of Women, 1927.

51. The End Crowns All, And That Old Common Arbitrator Time, Will One day End It, 1928

52. Picturing Fawcett: Royal Assent to the Equal Franchise Act, 1928

53. Picturing Fawcett: Dame Millicent Fawcett at the Victory Breakfast, 1928

54. Picturing Fawcett: Millicent Garrett Fawcett, by Lionel Ellis, 1928

55. Can Women Influence International Policy? 1929

References

Appendix A: Additions to Fawcett’s Bibliography

'Terras and Crawford have brought together a powerful and accessible collection of contributions from Millicent Garrett Fawcett, whose speeches and writings gave a political voice to the women of her generation. This book allows us to follow the footsteps of a momentous - albeit often overlooked - suffragist, who blazed the trail we now walk'
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
 

'Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected writings invites the reader to delve into the life and passions of this great suffragist leader. Millicent Fawcett paved the way for women to take their place in public life, that’s why I’m so proud that in 2018, her sculpture was unveiled in London, becoming Parliament Square’s first-ever statue of a woman. The statue depicts Millicent holding a banner bearing the powerful quote, “Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere”. This book explores important aspects of the rich and too-often untold history of women’s rights, including the origins of that inspirational quote.'
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London



 
'Millicent Fawcett was one of the most influential figures of her age, yet history has tended to overlook her. Extraordinarily astute and forward-thinking, she inspired women to change their world by giving them a political voice, and the confidence to use it. Thanks to this collection, which is both scholarly and accessible, we can now hear her own voice as never before. She continues to inspire us to speak out on behalf of women's progress everywhere.'
Jane Robinson, Senior Associate, Somerville College, Oxford; author of Ladies Can't Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women
 
'Millicent Fawcett is one of the pivotal voices in UK political history. Her work paved the way for every woman who has ever taken her place in a parliament anywhere on these islands. When any of us talk about standing on the shoulders of giants, Millicent Fawcett was that giant of female empowerment.'
Baroness Ruth Davidson
 
'Millicent Fawcett’s influence in the suffrage movement is often overlooked in favour of the more radical suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. Millicent was hugely important, concentrating on non violent rational persuasion. This book explains the work of this dogged suffragist.'
Dame Jenni Murray - former president Fawcett Society
 
'This is a vital collection of the vital speeches of a vital person. You need to read this to understand the history of Millicent Fawcett and if you don’t understand the history of Millicent Fawcett you don’t understand one of the most important developments in modern civilisation.'
Lord Daniel Finkelstein

 

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

474 Pages

B&W photo/halftones and colour photo/halftones

Copyright: © 2022

ISBN: 9781787358652

Publication: June 09, 2022

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