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.