Fawcett Society 150th Anniversary


150 years of the fight for women’s rights & gender equality

Key Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday 7th June 2016 - 150 years since the petition for Women’s Suffrage was presented to Parliament
  • Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Millicent Fawcett 150th Anniversary Memorial Lecture
The Fawcett Society is marking 150 years since 7th June 1866 - the presentation to Parliament of the first petition for women’s suffrage. Fawcett Society founder, Millicent Fawcett, collected signatures on that petition and went on to lead the constitutional campaign for women’s votes.
Fawcett Society celebrates 150 yearsIn 1866, women had few legal rights, could not vote in national elections, had no access to higher education, were subject to state endorsed violence from their husbands and were the property of men, usually their fathers or husbands. 150 years later we have seen our society transformed. Legislative, cultural and societal changes driven by brave women pioneers and campaigners have made the UK a dramatically more equal place for women.

Fawcett is running a number of events and activities around the 150th anniversary. Below is an outline of what’s coming up that we thought would be helpful for your forward planning.

7 June - Generation F: the feminist fight from first to fourth wave (7.30-9pm - Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster)

To mark this historic occasion a panel debate and drinks reception will be taking place in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster from 7.30pm to 9pm. Hosted by Fiona Mactaggart MP and chaired by broadcaster Sue MacGregor, the event will feature a diverse panel of leading feminist campaigners, writers and commentators, including Harriet Harman MP, FGM campaigner Hebo Wardere, No more Page 3 activist Yas Necati, and journalist and author of Lean Out, Dawn Foster. Further names to be added.

If you would like to attend the reception, please email abby@freshcommunication.co.uk and we can add you to the media guest list.

6 July - Millicent Fawcett 150th Anniversary Memorial Lecture delivered by historian Dr Amanda Foreman – ‘Courage calls to courage everywhere and its voice cannot be denied’

Dr Amanda Foreman of The Ascent of Woman BBC TV Series will deliver the Millicent Fawcett 150th Anniversary Memorial lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The theme of Dr Foreman’s lecture will be courage in the context of education and will stress the importance of being prepared to engage in debate, even when we don’t like the views expressed. This is particularly relevant in the context of recent incidences at some educational institutes where student bodies have denied platforms to or refused to share platforms with speakers with unpalatable or offensive views.

If you would like to attend the event, please email abby@freshcommunication.co.uk and we can add you to the media guest list.


Interested in a feature linked to the 150th anniversary? The Fawcett team can provide the following:
  • Insight into the major developments in gender equality over the last 150 years
  • The Fawcett Society ‘Equality it’s about time’ timeline
  • Expert spokespeople of all areas of feminism and gender equality – e.g. gender pay gap (causes and solutions), importance of equal representation politics and business, and gender stereotyping
  • Research studies and statistics
  • As part of the 150th year Fawcett is sharing the achievements of 150 remarkable women – specifically, #150women who have achieved ‘firsts’ throughout history, on Twitter and on the Fawcett Society website

Communication Contacts

Fresh Communication - 0845 0945 468
Abby Richardson - 07876 378 733 / abby@freshcommunication.co.uk
Nathalie Golden - 07769 666 627 / nathalie@freshcommunication.co.uk

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