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First wife of suffragist to receive statue outside the British Parliament



LONDON – A bronze statue of women's rights activist Millicent Fawcett was unveiled Tuesday in front of the British Parliament – the first woman to be there along with statues of 11 men, including Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill ,

Fawcett was president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and a key fighter in the movement; in 1918, she secured British women over 30 suffrage. She found that ten years later, in 1929, at the age of 82, women were given the same voting rights as men.

The statue of the artist Gillian Wearing shows the demonstrator with a banner "courage calls for courage everywhere", it says in one of her speeches.

The statue was set up in Parliament Square after feminist activist Caroline Criado Perez had started a petition before leading a successful campaign for Jane Austen to be featured on a British banknote.

Prime Minister Theresa May said at an unveiling ceremony attended by high-ranking MPs, "I would not stand here today as Prime Minister for a truly magnificent woman: Dame Millicent Garret Fawcett."

"History has many authors. In our own way, we all help shape the world in which we live, "May said.

" But few of us can claim to have left such an important and lasting impression as Lady Millicent, and that is right and right today, that it occupies its place in the heart of our democracy. "

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