Henrietta Muir Edwards (1849-1931)

Henrietta Muir Edwards

"We sought to establish the individuality of women... It was an uphill fight."

Henrietta Muir Edwards was active in prison reform, organized the forerunner to the YWCA to provide vocational training for impoverished working women in 1875, and published and financed the first Canadian magazine for working women. A student of law, she helped establish the National Council of Women in 1890 and served for decades as its convenor of laws. She wrote several books on the legal status of women and compiled a list of provincial laws affecting women and children across Canada.

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