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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by: The London School of Economics.

This is an overview of women’s rights campaigner Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847 - 1929).

This resource includes primary source documents that can be used to support historical enquiry. They provide evidence about Millicent Garrett Fawcett, who is an important figure in British history, and place that life in context.

The learning story can be used to ask and answer questions about the changing role of women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for independent learning at Key Stage 3 History.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1 History - Significant People in British History and Citizenship:
    Expressing opinions, discussing right and wrong
  • KS2 History - Significant People and Events in British History and Citizenship: Democracy and being a citizen
  • KS3 History – Industry, Empire and Social Change 1745-1901 and Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day: The changing role of women, Women’s Suffrage and extension of the franchise




Activities are geared towards KS1 and 2 students.

  • Use the Suffrage Poster and ‘Colour in Poster’ (see Resources) for the children to write or draw their own messages.
  • Inspired by the suffrage badges (see Resources), make badges by drawing round circles on card and asking children to design their own.
  • Ask the children why they think Millicent Garrett Fawcett is an important person in British history. List reasons on a board.
  • Ask students to nominate the person they would like to see shown as a statue in Parliament Square and why. You could recap on any other significant people in British history the class has studied.



  • Divide class into half. One half can make decisions about all the class, e.g. when they go to break, the other half cannot make any decisions.
  • Ask one half to give an argument about why they can make decisions and the others can’t. Then get the other half to say whether they think this is fair or not and why.
  • They can talk about what is right and what is wrong and tie it into being a citizen in Britain today - the right to vote.