Henrietta Muir Edwards was born on December 19, 1849 in Montreal to a rich family. She attended an art school in New York, and had her paintings exhibited in the Royal Art Academy. She was a well known painter of flowers and miniatures. Later in her life, she would use that talent to make money for her magazine, that she would co-edit.
In 1876, Henrietta married Dr. Oliver Cromwell Edwards, at the age of 27. She had three children, Alice, Margaret and William. Margaret died in 1915 and William dies in 1918. Even though she was married she continued to follow her hobbies.
With her sister working by her side, Henrietta built an organization for women. It was a sixty-room boarding house that provided women with education and employment opportunities. It was called the Working Girls' Association and was located in Montreal. It was built in 1875 and was a place for Henrietta to spread her knowledge to many women in order to help them succeed in life.
Henrietta was a short statured women that was very independent and caring not to mention determined. She was not a shy person and didn't care of what people thought of her as long as she was happy with herself.
Also with her sister, Henrietta started a new magazine for working women. It was the first on of it's kind in Canada. Henrietta's magazine included an advocated mother's allowance, and equal grounds for divorce so that the men can't cheat the woman out of everything she owns. Co-editing this magazine as well as starting it made Henrietta and her sister give up all their luxuries and Henrietta even had to sell paintings in order to make a living.
Henrietta Muir Edwards was a legal expert and it was said that if she was born a century later she could have became a judge or lawyer very easily. She was also a wife, mother, co-editor and she was one of the establishers of the National Council of Women. Henrietta was not just a spectacular legal expert but an author as well. She got two of her handbooks published, one in 1908 and the other in 1917.
Mrs. Edwards passed away on November 10, 1931 at the age of 82, just two years after the women got the right to vote. She was the oldest of the Famous Five, born 19 years before any of the other women, but she played her part in the fight to get the vote.