Edith Dircksey Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan (1861-1932) was a leader of the women’s movement in Western Australia, committed to ameliorative reforms that would enhance women’s dignity and responsibility and secure proper care for mothers and children. In 1921-24 she was a member of Western Australia’s Legislative Assembly, and was Australia’s first female parliamentarian. She had stood as a Nationalist, believing the organisation to be non-party. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


12 March 1921

First woman in an Australian parliament

Edith Cowan is elected to the Western Australian state parliament, becoming Australia’s first female parliamentarian.


Edith Cowan.