“The women should have a voice”: Edith Cowan’s legacy of social justice in Western Australia
'“The women should have a voice”' exhibition explores the social justice legacy of Western Australian parliamentarian and social justice advocate, Edith Cowan.
Elected in 1921, Cowan was the first woman admitted to an Australian Parliament, where she vowed to represent the interests of women and children. Marking the centenary of her entry to Parliament, “The women should have a voice” commemorates Cowan’s enduring influence in Western Australia. Beyond her parliamentary work, Cowan harnessed the lessons from her childhood family trauma to fuel her steely resolve in representing the interests of the voiceless, advocating for social justice causes and reform within her community. “The women should have a voice”: Edith Cowan’s legacy of social justice in Western Australia will be on display from 16 April 2021 at the Old Court House Law Museum.