Edith Dircksey Cowan was born in Geraldton in 1861. In 1921 Edith was elected as the Member for West Perth and became the nation’s first female member of Parliament. Edith tirelessly championed for improved social justice for Women and Children and was a founding member of many causes we continue to support today.
Her achievements were substantial and her view that education is key to growth, change and improvement is consistent with the views of the Western Australian Government.
Almost 100 years to the day that Edith Cowan became the first woman elected to Parliament in WA in 1921, Lara Dalton has set the record as the first female elected member of parliament for the electorate of Geraldton. Lara is pleased to sponsor a new award for school students in Geraldton in recognition of Edith Cowan’s contribution to childhood welfare, education and regional health initiatives.
The 2023 Edith Dircksey Cowan Achievement Award is now open for nominations!
Open to any student enrolled in Primary or Secondary schools in the Geraldton electorate that elect to run an end-of-year award program.
For all students aged Kindy to Year 13.
This award program is open to all schools, both public and private.
The student displays the values of Edith Cowan's life work;
- Inclusivity and encouragement of their peers
- A committed and consistent approach to learning
- Leadership in their community, both at school and extra-curricular activities
Nominations will only be accepted from schools within the Geraldton electorate.
Please click the link below to make your nomination.