Sunday, August 5, 2007

On August 5, ...

... 1929, Millicent Garrett Fawcett (left) died in London at age 82, following a long career as a campaigner for the rights of women in England. Her approach was deemed "constitutionalist," less "militant" than that of her suffragist contemporary, Emmeline Pankhurst. Yet when Fawcett, wife of Henry Fawcett, a Cambridge economics professor and Member of Parliament, "gave a speech advocating suffrage in 1868, some in Parliament denounced her action as especially inappropriate, they said, for the wife of an MP." The organization that Millicent Fawcett founded established an archive of suffrage materials; it survives today as the London Women's Library.
...1962 (45 years ago today), Nelson Mandela was arrested in Natal province, South Africa, and imprisoned. He would not be released until 1990. In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize; in 1994, he was elected the 1st President of the post-apartheid Republic of South Africa.

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