The Fawcett Society
Fawcett is the UK's leading campaign for equality between women and men. Where there's an inequality gap between women and men we're working to close it.
Millicent Fawcett began leading the peaceful campaign to win votes for women in 1866, as President of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. In 1866 this group of women presented 1500 signatures to Parliament. 60 years later her life's work was completed when women in the United Kingdom gained an equal right to vote with men. She died in 1929.
The Union worked on a broad range of equality issues for women, in addition to its founding purpose of women's suffrage. It changed its name to the Fawcett Society in honour of its first President in 1953.
Fawcett's vision is of a society in which women and men enjoy equality at work, at home and in public life. It is influential in public and political life and successes include a change in the law to allow political parties to use all-women shortlists to increase the number of women MPs, to a new, fairer system for appointing judges, to a new duty on public bodies to promote equality between women and men.
To read about the Fawcett Society in more depth, visit the national Fawcett website at www.fawcettsociety.org.uk.
Are you interested in joining and helping Fawcett to carry out its work? Find out about joining here.
What Fawcett Devon is Currently Doing Working for Equality for Women in Devon
Fawcett Devon was formed in 2009. Since then its members have worked on gender equality issues with a range of local authorities and voluntary sector groups in Devon, and we still do.
We are signed up to the Devon Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration for Equality and our members currently have gender equality reference group status with Devon County Council and the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.
In addition, our current campaign for a Nil limit for sex entertainment venues in Exeter has resulted in that City's Council moving to a public consultation early next year.
Our members are on domestic violence groups and the Board of Devon Rape Crisis Service .
A Fawcett Devon supporter was recently appointed to the Devon and Cornwall Police and crime panel which is responsible for holding the new police and crime Commissioner to account
Several Fawcett Devon supporters are local authority councillors in both district councils and the county council.
We currently have 2 live campaigns : opposing Sexual Entertainment Venues in Devon and Promoting Women into Public Office
We welcome new members to join us in putting women's views on the local map.