Google Doodle dedicated to Suffolk suffragist Millicent Fawcett
PUBLISHED: 12:29 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 June 2018
A Suffolk campaigner who stood on the frontline of the women’s suffrage movement has been highlighted on an international platform.
Aldeburgh-born suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the subject of today’s Google Doodle to mark what would have been her 171st birthday.
The dedication is part of the company’s celebrations of 100 years of women’s votes.
In April, Dame Fawcett became the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square, London.
Unlike the suffragettes, Dame Fawcett, who was a part of Suffolk’s inspiring Garrett family, took a moderate line in her fight for equal rights.
Reacting to the Google Doodle, Eleanor Rehahn, coordinator for Fawcett Society Suffolk, said: “It’s great, she’s had quite a lot of celebration recently with the statue and it’s right that she should because she was so influential in securing the vote for women in a more peaceful and perhaps less well-known way than the suffragettes did.
“It’s really good to see her in the public eye and to keep reminding people that she’s from Suffolk and what she did.”
Helen Taylor, founder of Suffolk Feminist Society, said: “It’s fantastic to see Millicent Fawcett celebrated by a Google doodle today, on her 171st birthday.
“That she came from Suffolk and made such a difference to women’s rights is inspiring. Us modern day feminists can only hope to achieve such amazing progress. Trying to follow in her footsteps makes me proud to be from our county.”