2 August 1861 — 9 June 1932
Becoming the first woman to be elected to an Australian parliament isn’t all we can thank Edith Cowan for. At a time when women held few positions in public life, Edith Cowan was active in advancing the rights and well-being of disadvantaged people, especially women and children. She focused on social-justice issues, health services, and injustices in the legal system, all of which she campaigned for heavily both in and out of parliament. As an important and respected public figure in the many organisations she belonged to, she gave other women the confidence to make their own voices heard in their communities.