London: Macmillan, 1874. First edition of this collection of fable-like short stories illustrating economic principles. In the preface, Fawcett credits Harriet Martineau for “the idea, which she made so popular thirty years ago, of hiding the powder, Political Economy, in the raspberry jam of a story.”. With a text diagram. Octavo. 104, [32 publisher’s catalogue] pp. Item #17020
Millicent Garrett Fawcett, LL.D. (1847 – 1929), was one of the most important figures in the women’s suffrage movement both in Britain and across the world. She supported a wide variety of causes including equal education, equal pay, ending the exploitation of working women, and creating legislation against child marriage and sex trafficking. Early in her career, Fawcett founded Newnham College, a women’s college at Cambridge, and supported early bids to open Cambridge degrees to women. She was also a supporter of adult education who served as a governor of Bedford College, a teacher training school; in 1899, the University of St. Andrews awarded her an honorary LL.D. Fawcett became the president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1907, and, under her leadership, the organization reached its peak of participation and success. It reached 50,000 members by 1913 and was committed to Fawcett’s constitutional methods. With her connections to higher education, Fawcett was able to recruit many university-educated women to the organization, which gave it credibility and a powerful slate of members.
Along with authoring books like Political Economy for Beginners (1870), Essays and Lectures on Social and Political Subjects (1872), The Life of Her Majesty Queen Victoria (1895), her suffrage memoir Women’s Suffrage: A Short History of a Great Movement (1912), and The Women’s Victory (1920), Fawcett also wrote for numerous suffrage publications and women’s magazines.