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|October 2, 2013||Posted by Alison Jenkins under Biography, Canadian, Edwards|
It’s that exciting time of year! New pencils and fresh notepaper and best of all, new topics for discovery! Like:
Ever wonder where the name Edwards Book Club came from?
Henrietta Muir Edwards (1849—1931)
While Henrietta Muir Edwards may be the least well known of the “Famous Five,” her imprint is felt by millions of Canadians every day. For over sixty years, Henrietta Edwards had a preverbal toe dipped into every lake, puddle, or stream that had to do with women’s and children’s rights. While you may not recognize this formidable women’s name, chances are, you know her work. She co-founded the National Council of Women of Canada and the Victorian Order of Nurses; she published the first magazine in Canada for working women; she alerted the government to the need for a Department of Public Health and a Department of Child Welfare; she campaigned for women’s and children’s rights relentlessly; she explored every law relating to women and published a legal tract on the subject; and, at the age of eighty, in 1929, Henrietta Edwards, along with four other women, challenged the Supreme Court of Canada in the well-known “Person’s Case”—a case that resulted in the recognition of women as persons under the British North America Act.
This is an excerpt from a great piece on our predecessor website Edwards Magazine which is still available to view here.