Fawcett, Millicent Garrett

  • Lise Shapiro SandersEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_177-1


Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847–1929) was a pioneering Victorian feminist and a skilled writer in a variety of genres. Her social consciousness and commitment to liberal feminism led her to write not only on women’s emancipation but also on economic and political questions. Her 1875 novel Janet Doncaster challenged the sexual double standard in its narrative of a young woman’s struggle to escape an unhappy marriage and lead an independent life. From her involvement in the early suffrage agitation in the 1860s throughout her long career, Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a leading figure in the women’s suffrage movement and active in a number of other reform efforts – all of which found their way into her many articles, essays, books, speeches, and other contributions to Victorian conversations around women’s rights and the “woman question.” She had a tremendous influence on generations of women scholars and activists.


Dame Millicent Fawcett was born Millicent...


Feminism Liberalism Women’s suffrage Marriage and divorce Political economy Janet Doncaster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural StudiesHampshire CollegeAmherstUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More CollegeUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada