Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected Writings

Melissa Terras* (Editor), Elizabeth Crawford (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

‘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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUCL Press
Number of pages462
ISBN (Electronic)9781787358638
ISBN (Print)9781787358645, 9781787358652
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • women's history
  • votes for women
  • suffrage
  • feminism


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