SIM Ep 88 IWD 2: Dr Gill Sutherland on Millicent Fawcett

Happy International Women’s Day – up the women!


To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re running a series of interviews with some kick-ass broads. Ayesha Hazarika talks to us about politics, comedy and how the two can go hand-in-hand; Laura Bates chats about her new book Misogynation and some truly startling facts and figues about everyday sexism. Historian and Newnham fellow Dr Gill Sutherland explains the important role Millicent Fawcett played in the suffrage movement and England rugby captain Sarah Hunter talks sport in general and rugby in particular. 


Here’s Dr Gill Sutherland, historian and Newnham College fellow explaining why Millicent Fawcett was such a big suffrage deal and very different to the Pankhursts. Just a heads-up: we recorded this in a room at Newnham that turned out to be a tad echoey.


It seems exactly the right time to big up some charities doing excellent work for women, but desperately in need of your cash, should you have some to spare: Refuge, Rape Crisis, the Abortion Support Network, the Homeless Period, Women in Sport, The Samaritans and just putting a few extra items, including sanitary hygiene products, in your local food bank.