Date of issue of stamp: March 4, 1981
Designed by : Dennis Goddard, based on a
painting by Muriel Wood
The stamp shows the portrait of Henrietta Edwards along
with a vignette which is symbolic of her work as a feminist . The
background depicts a women's activist meeting.
5,688.000 copies of the stamp were printed by
Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd.
© Canada Post Corporation
Reproduced with permission
Henrietta Louise Edwards
(née Muir). Born
Montreal December 18, 1849 Died November 10, 1931. She and her sister, in
1875, founded the Working Girl's Association which offered a
boarding house, a reading room, classes and meal services. She helped Lady
Aberdeen found the National Council of women in 1893 and the Victoria
Order of Nurses in 1897. One of the “Famous Five” women who took the
famed Canadian "Persons Case" to England and had Canadian women declared”
persons” under the law. Women, as 'non-persons' had no rights to own land,
serve in government and had very few legal rights prior to 1929.
Read about the "Persons Case" at the web site for the National Archives of