Margaret Cousins (1878-1954)
Sarojini deviMargaret Cousins was an activist and freedom fighter, born at Boyle in County Roscommon. Margaret was educated there and in Derry. In 1903 she married the poet and philosopher James H. Cousins, who shared her interest in Theosophy.

In 1908 she played an active role in the women`s suffarage Movement in Ireland and England. That year James became a Theosophist. She joined the Irish Women`s Franchise League and in 1910 went as a delegate to the parliament of women in London, where she was briefly imprisoned for throwing stones at 10, Downing Street.

In 1915 James got an opportunity to come to Madras and edit Annie Besant`s New India, Margaret decided to accompany him and work for the society. Soon after her arrival she began to take a keen interest in all matters related to improving status of women . She was the first non Indian member of Indian Women`s University in Pune, in 1916. She envisioned and established in1917 the first Women`s organisation in India. The Women` Indian Association with 2100 members in Madras Presidency alone, which she used very effectively to exert pressure on the government to grand voting rights to Indian women. The association ,of which more than 40 branches were established, pre figured the ALL INDIA WOMEN`S CONFERENCE, which came into being in 1926. Mrs. Margaret Cousins became the President of AIWC in 1938.

 
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