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Transcript of EDITH COWAN
When she was seven years old, her mother died in childbirth and her father sent her to a Perth boarding school
Her father remarried, but the marriage was unhappy and he began to drink heavily. When Edith was fifteen, her father shot and killed his second wife Mary Ann Brown , and was hanged for the crime.
After her father's death, she left her boarding school and moved to Guildford to live with her grandmother
edith married and have 5 children.
The thing that makes Edith Cowan well known is her place in politics.
In 1920, Western Australia passed legislation allowing women to stand for parliament. At the age of 59, she stood as the Nationalist candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of West Perth because she felt that domestic and social issues were not being given enough attention. She won a surprise victory and became the first woman in parliament. When she became a magistrate of the Perth Children’s Court herself, Edith was able to work hard to protect the rights of children. She held the position of magistrate for 18 years
About Edith Cowan
Edith Brown was born in Geraldton, Western Australia on 2nd of August 1861. She was born into an influential and respected family.
By Meg Maxwell