How courage can change the course of History

26th Sep 2017

Values and principles are integral to our way of life at Radnor and I'm always interested in finding examples of where one or more of our values can be seen to have changed the course of history.

Such is the case with Millicent Fawcett as courage will be front and centre when a bronze of her is revealed in Parliament Square next year.

This picture is a scaled down version of the planned sculpture by Gillian Wearing and depicts Fawcett at the height of her relevance to the suffragette movement in 1913, five years before the Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918.

Fawcett was chosen due to her peaceful attempts to secure the vote for women. A suffragist, as opposed to the more militant, suffragette, she was a tireless campaigner throughout her life and an integral part of the back room lobbying before and even during WW1 which eventually saw Parliament pass laws guaranteeing universal suffrage.

It is interesting to reflect on the importance of courage in this context because not only does it apply to the acts of the many brave campaigners over 100 years ago, but also to the modern campaigners and commissioners who finally secured plans for the first female statue in Parliament Square.

Fawcett will stand proudly alongside other greats from history including Churchill, Lincoln and Ghandi and the statue would not have been possible had so many people not shown such courage in the face of overwhelming resistance to maintaining the status quo over so many years.