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Henrietta Edwards
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    (December 18, 1849-November 10, 1931)
    Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    One of the Famous Five
    Founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses (January 29, 1897)
    Founder of the Working Girls' Association (1875)
    Editor for journal 'Women's Work in Canada'
    Co-founder of the National Council of Women (1893)
    Involved with Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1886)
    Wrote 'Legal Status of Canadian Women' and 'Legal Status of Women in Alberta' (1908 and 1917, respectively)
    Died in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada
    She was the least famous of the Famous Five.
    She kept moving back and forth around Canada's provinces.
    She became aware of the injustices Canadian women suffered at a young age.
    Along with her sister and Lady Aberdeen, she helped found organizations promoting equal rights for women.
    She advocated for temperance, the rising of the age of consent, equal parental rights, mothers' allowances and prison reform.
    She served as a Red Cross Leader during World War I.
    When World War I ended, all Allied resources were taxed up to the limit, so the War Committee asked her how to manage resources wisely, thus becoming the first woman in Canada to give advice to the government.
    As one of the Famous Five, she persuaded the Supreme Court of Canada that women were included as 'persons' (1930).

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