The Fawcett Society was founded by & is named in honour of women's rights activist Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929), who spent her life campaigning against the denial of legal, electoral, educational & economic rights to women on the basis of their sex. Her chosen path was reasoned debate, the research & publication of relevant facts, & campaigning on the basis of those facts.
Following in her footprints, the Fawcett Society has done good work in researching & campaigning against the denial of full human rights to women on the basis of their sex.
Recently, however, the Fawcett Society has abandoned its focus in favour of a contra-factual ideology which claims sex is irrelevant, that women can identify out of sex-based oppression, and that men can be women if they feel they are.
As a result they have abandoned not only biological reality, but their highly valued ability to research & to name the facts of women's lives with accuracy. They have also moved from establishing & publishing truths to expressing & enforcing falsehoods. They have also shown themselves either ignorant or careless of the law regarding sex as a protected characteristic.
Consequently, we call upon the Fawcett Society to reflect their true focus by abandoning the name of one of the most respected activists for women's rights in UK history, just as they have abandoned her aims & principles.
They should henceforth to be known as the Mrs Humphrey Ward Society, in honour of the novelist (1851-1920) & anti-women's rights campaigner, who spent many years & the fortune she earned from her writing on furthering the political career of her mediocre son.
This would not only better reflect the Fawcett Society's priorities, but also their likely reward, as Mrs Humphrey Ward was dropped by her financial backers from the Women's Anti-Suffrage League she had founded when it emerged that she thought that a limited number of elite women might be permitted a limited amount of influence in local politics.