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Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Millicent Garrett (1847-1929) was born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, one of the ten children of Louisa and Newson Garrett, a prosperous maltster. Millicent Garrett (1847-1929) was born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, one of the ten children of Louisa and Newson Garrett, a prosperous maltster. She received little formal education but was brought up to think for herself and was inspired by the success of her elder sister Elizabeth, who in the early 1860s negotiated a path to a professional career as the first woman to qualify in Britain as a doctor.

In 1866 Elizabeth Garrett, her friend Emily Davies and others organised the first mass female petition to Parliament asking for women to be given the vote on the same terms as it was given to men. At 18 years old, Millicent was too young to sign, but, with her sister Agnes, went round the streets of Aldeburgh collecting signatures from women, from the poor as well as the wealthy.