- 16 October 1874
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- 16 March 1967
Bethesda Hospital, Claremont, Western Australia, Australia
- Women's rights activist and Feminist
- Alternative Names
- Earle, Bessie (maiden name, 16 October 1874 - 22 October 1898)
Bessie Rischbieth's interest in woman's suffrage was aroused when she attended a suffrage meeting in London in 1908. A co-founder of the Women's Service Guild of Western Australia in 1909, she was also co-founder and President of the Australian Federation of Women Voters (1921-1942). Rischbieth editored The Dawn, a women's paper issued in Perth from 1914 to 1939. A talented craftswoman her art embroidery, beaten copperwork and word carvings were exhibited with the West Australian Society of Arts. In the later years of her life Rischbieth clashed with Jessie Street, whom she labelled a communist. Bessie Rischbieth was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work with women's movements.