Monday, December 15, 2014

Historic Women @54StJamesStreet | Home of @TheWomensOrg | Millicent Fawcett

When The Women's Organisation opened the doors of their new £5.3mil building in the Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool, they were keen to show the influence that iconic women of history have had on the organisation.



Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED)



The Fawcett Room is a light and airy semi-circular room on our third floor is appropriate for networking and training events and can accommodate up to 20 people. The Fawcett room is available from £50 for half a day session, or £75 for a full day. This room also benefits from natural light, heating and cooling system which can be controlled from inside the room.  Free WiFi connectivity is available.

Millicent Fawcett (1847 - 1903)

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk in 1847 and was twelve years old when her older sister Elizabeth Garrett moved to London in an attempt to qualify as a doctor. Millicent's visits to London to stay with Elizabeth and her older sister Louise, brought her into contact with people with radical political views.

In 1865 Louise took Millicent to hear a speech on women's rights made by the radical MP, John Stuart Mill. Millicent was deeply impressed by Mill, and became one of his many loyal supporters. John Stuart Mill introduced Millicent to many other campaigners for women's rights. This included Henry Fawcett, the radical MP for Brighton.

The couple married in 1867. Millicent Fawcett joined the London Suffrage Committee in 1868. Although only a moderate public speaker, Millicent was a superb organizer and eventually emerged as one of the leaders of the suffrage movement. She also campaigned against the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act

Millicent also took a keen interest in women's education. She was involved in the organisation of women's lectures at Cambridge that led to the establishment of Newnham College. In 1890 Millicent Fawcett was elected president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). She believed that it was important that the NUWSS campaigned for a wide variety of causes. This included helping Josephine Butler in her campaign against the white slave traffic. Fawcett also gave support to Clemintina Black and her attempts to persuade the government to help protect low paid women workers. 


If you would like to find out more about our Fawcett room and our other suites and spaces at 54 St James Street, find us here

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