Edith Cowan | Australian Women’s Suffrage | Australian Democracy


Introduce your students to Australian Suffragette Edith Cowan with this fun, hands-on interactive notebook activity pack.


Introduce your students to Edith Cowan who fought tirelessly as part of the women’s suffrage movement and discover her role in shaping Australia’s democracy.

Edith Cowan was a serious and driven lady and a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement in Australia. She challenged the status of Australia’s democracy and refused to follow convention. Edith Cowan believed that to bring about reform she needed to run for parliament and ran a successful campaign in 1921. With such determination, it’s clear that Edith Cowan should feature in your unit on Women’s Suffrage.

Edith Cowan is an inspiring Australian and your students will love meeting her as she visits Miss Townsend’s class via her time machine!

This resource features the following hands-on activities to engage your students with Edith’s fight for suffrage:

★ Comprehension text – meet Edith Cowan when she visits Mrs Townsend’s through her time machine!
★ Comprehension flipbook
★ Suffragette research profile.
★ Summary template


Australian Curriculum Content

ACHASSK134 – Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution.

ACHASSK135 – Experiences of Australian Democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants women and children.

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Additional information


Year 5, Year 6

Resource Type



HASS, History

Are Answers Included?

Yes. Where Applicable

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