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Henrietta Edwards' Story

Without the determination of women like Henrietta Edwards, Canadian women would not even be considered “persons” under law.

Henrietta was an artist, a mother, a legal expert and a Canadian women's rights activist who fought many battles in order to re-define the position of Canadian women and children. From an early age, she was disenchanted with the old traditions of excluding women. As a young woman, she partnered with her sister to found — and fund, through their earnings as artists — the Working Girls’ Association which provided meals, reading rooms and study classes for women in 1875 Montreal. This was the precursor to the now worldwide YWCA.

Though she had no formal legal training, she was widely considered an expert with her expansive knowledge of the legal system. A member of the Famous 5, Henrietta fought alongside Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby to successfully have women recognized as "persons" under the law.

We think Henrietta would have appreciated the open and accessible approach to learning that Athabasca University offers to any person determined enough to achieve their own greatness. Take charge of your future and go for what matters to you.


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