Irene Parlby (1868-1931)

Irene Parlby

"Evolution cannot be brought about by the use of dynamite."

Born in London, England, Irene (Marryat) Parlby came to Alberta in 1896, married a rancher, and settled in the Lacombe area. She was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1921 under the United Farmers of Alberta banner and helped push through 18 bills to improve the plight of women and children. Appointed minister without portfolio in 1921, she was only the second woman to serve as a cabinet minister in the British Empire. She was president of the United Farm Women of Alberta and a staunch advocate for rural Alberta women.

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