On 10 May 1872 Millicent was a speaker, with her cousin Rhoda Garrett, at a packed central London suffrage meeting. This was, in effect, a protest against the speeches delivered in the House of Commons on 1 May against the Second Reading of the Bill for the Removal of the Electoral Disabilities of Women. During the course of her speech Millicent Fawcett declared that: 'The real protection women needed was the power to protect themselves.'
The Bill was introduced into the House of Commons by Jacob Bright MP, one of the leaders of the Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage.
A Bill to Remove the Electoral Disabilities of Women
HC Bill 20 (1872)