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HENRIETTA MUIR EDWARDS Born in Montreal on December 18 1849 Henrietta Muir Edwards was one of Albertas Famous Five Women She began her fight for womans rights at her home in Montreal with her sister Here she founded the Working Girls Club which offered meals reading rooms and study classes in 1875 Henrietta and her sister then published the periodical known as the Working Women of Canada They paid the costs of publishing the paper by depriving themselves of all personal luxuries Henrietta also made money by selling miniature paintings In 1886 Henrietta Muir became Henrietta Muir Edwards when she married Dr Oliver Cromwell Edwards Her husband soon took a job at Fort McCloed Here she met the other four women involved in Albertas Famous Five Women The group included Emily Murphy Nellie McClung Irene Parlby and Louise McKinny With their help Mrs Edwards began her fight to change the law on Womans rights They began by getting the right and the ability to vote Once they achieved this new Democratic power Nellie McClung called a meeting on how they could best use it They decided on the formation of a Provincial Laws Committee where Henrietta Muir Edwards was elected to be the Chairman and Irene Parlby as Vice Chairman With her new responsibilities she began to change federal and provincial laws concerning women marriage divorce adoption property and dower rights child protection minimum wage and widows allowance In 1916 she published the first edition of The Legal Status of Women in Alberta which was the same year women achieved the right to vote In 1921 and 1924 she published to more issues Mrs Edwards then prepared the Legal Handbook and kept it up to date She stayed
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