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Social worker and politician

Milana Touaeva

on 21 May 2011

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1861-1932 Edith Cowan, was the first woman to be elected to an Australian parliament in Western Australia in 1921.Married at the age of seventeen to James Cowan, registrar and master of the Supreme Court, they had five children. She was the founding secretary in 1894 and later president of the Karrakatta Club, a women's club in Perth, which campaigned for female suffrage. Her commitment to women's well-being resulted in her active involvement in the establishment of the Western Australian National Council of Women in 1911. She was a foundation member of the Children's Protection Society in 1906 and the first woman to be appointed to the Children's Court bench in 1915. She became a Justice of the Peace in 1920. In 1995 her portrait was printed on the Australian fifty dollar note. A clock tower at the entrance to King's Park in Perth was erected to her memory in 1934 Born: 2 August 1861
Glengarry, near Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
Died: 9 June 1932
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation: Community worker, Politician and Political activist.
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