Edwards, Henrietta Louise
Henrietta Louise Edwards, née Muir, women's rights activist, reformer (b at Montréal 18 Dec 1849; d at Fort Macleod, Alta 10 Nov 1931). Of a wealthy family, Edwards early evinced feminist sympathies; in 1875 she founded the Working Girls' Association to provide vocational training and edited a journal, Women's Work in Canada
. She helped Lady ABERDEEN
found the National Council of Women (1893) and also helped found the VICTORIAN ORDER OF NURSES
. One of Alberta's "Famous Five" in the PERSONS CASE
and a supporter of divorce on equal grounds, prison reform and mother's allowances, she aimed to expand women's rights in the political and especially the legal sphere. She wrote The Legal Status of Women in Alberta
(1921) and pressed for the 1917 Dower Act.
A model of the "Women Are Persons!" statue, honouring the contributions of the Famous 5 (Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Emily Murphy). The final sculpture was unveiled on Parliament Hill in 2000 (sculpted by Barbara Paterson, photo by Marc Mennie, courtesy Famous 5 Foundation).
ELIANE LESLAU SILVERMAN
Links to Other Sites
The Famous 5
This website focuses on the Famous 5 and their struggle to advance the legal rights of Canadian women. From the Alberta Online Encyclopedia.
The “Persons” Case
A brief overview of the historic “Persons Case” from the Parliament of Canada website.
Are Women Persons? The “Persons” Case
An online feature about the legal implications of the "Persons" Case. From Library and Archives Canada.
Changing Women, Changing History: Canadian Women
This Library and Archives Canada site features biographies of women activists who have made substantial contributions to the lives of all Canadian women. Also offers teaching guides and reference sources.
The Famous 5 Foundation
The Famous 5 Foundation honours the Famous 5 and other Canadian women. See their biographies of the "Famous 5" as well as the latest news about programs and events.