Edith Cowan Research Paper

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Edith Cowan (nee Brown) was the first woman elected to the Australian parliament. She defined a generation of female parliamentarians and cleared the way for the hundreds of women who followed. Born in 1861 in Western Australia, she grew up in the country. She lived a challenging childhood, with her mother dying when she was seven during childbirth, and several years later shooting and killing his second wife, whose murder he was subsequently hanged for. She and her sister attended a boarding school in Perth. After her father’s hanging, she moved to live with her grandmother. She showed a passion early on for education and the pursuit of knowledge and despite the tragedies of her past, continued to get schooling. Aged eighteen, she married

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