Fawcett Society

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The Fawcett Society is a membership charity in the United Kingdom that campaigns for women's rights and gender equality. The organisation's roots date back to 1866, when Millicent Garrett Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful campaign for women's suffrage. Originally named the London National Society for Women's Suffrage, and later as the London Society for Women's Suffrage, the organization was renamed as the Fawcett Society in 1953.[1]

It is a charity registered with the Charity Commission[2] and has a membership of around 3,000 alongside some high-profile supporters such as Jenni Murray, Carrie Gracie, Emma Thompson, and Ophelia Lovibond.

The organisation’s vision is a society in which women and girls in all their diversity are equal and truly free to fulfill their potential creating a stronger, happier, better future for us all. Its key areas of campaign work include equal pay, equal power, tackling gender norms and stereotypes and defending women’s rights. The Fawcett Society publishes compelling research to educate, inform and lead the debate; brings together politicians, academics, grassroots activists and wider civil society to develop innovative, practical solutions, and campaigns with women and men to make change happen. [3]

There are local Fawcett Society groups across the UK, which support the campaigning work of Fawcett and organise events and activities in their areas. Locations include Devon, Milton Keynes and Tyneside. [4]

The library and archives of the Society, formerly the Fawcett Library, are now part of the Women's Library at the British Library of Political and Economic Science, the main library of the London School of Economics and Political Science.[5]


  1. ^ "Who was Millicent Fawcett and what were some of her famous quotes?". Metro. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ Charity Commission. The Fawcett Society, registered charity no. 1108769.
  3. ^ "Who we are". Fawcett Society. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  4. ^ "Find a local group". Fawcett Society. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  5. ^ "Library - Library - Home". Lse.ac.uk. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-07.

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