Edith Anrep was a lawyer and an active member of both the Fredrika Bremer Association and the International Alliance of Women. She served as president of the latter from 1970 to 1973.
Edith Anrep was born in Trieste in 1912, when Trieste (now an Italian city) was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her parents were the consul Adolf Dinkelspiel and Emelie Dinkelspiel. Edith Anrep had three siblings. It is uncertain when she came to Sweden. She was married to the lawyer Nils Anrep.
Edith Anrep gained her Bachelor of Law in 1936 at Stockholm College (later Stockholm University) and completed her court service on the Södertörn judicial circuit in the years 1936-1939. She subsequently worked as a legal aide. From 1963 to 1974 she worked in the divorce courts.
Edith Anrep was an active member of both international and national women’s organisations. From 1955 to 1970 she was a board member of the International Alliance of Women, and from 1970 to 1973 she was the president of that organisation. Her election as president was reported on in the International Women’s News. Edith Anrep was also an active member of the Fredrika Bremer Association, a Swedish women’s organisation. From 1965 to 1983 she further served as vice-president of Riksföreningen för kräftsjukdomarnas bekämpande, which became known as Cancerfonden (Swedish Cancer Society) from 1982 onwards. She was also a board member of the Swedish Committee for Cultural Cooperation in Europe.
In the early 1940s Edith Anrep began to write for the Fredrika Bremer Association newspaper, Hertha. She wrote on women’s wages in industry and on pension protection for widows and children. Until 1972 she produced a large number of articles for Hertha on various subjects including the civil defence corps, equality issues, and the United Nations’ women’s commission. In addition to this, she published the following books: Från Aktiv Hushållning och Hemmens forskningsinstitut 1940-1956 till Statens Institut för konsumentfrågor, published in 1957 and Some features of woman’s status in Swedish family law, published in 1962. She was also the editor of conference proceedings Report of the proceedings, also published in 1962.
In Svensk juristtidning, published in 1961, the pseudonym T. H-r describes a United Nations seminar which had been held in Bucharest from 19 June to 3 July 1961 on the status of women in family law. The seminar was part of the general United Nations’ run programme for advisory work on human rights. The seminar was attended by 23 western and eastern European countries and the Swedish representatives were the head of legal office Torwald Hesser and Edith Anrep. The seminar largely concerned the legal status of women within the family, but other social aspects were also considered. One report noted that “Mrs Anrep” garnered a lot of interest with her account of family law in the Nordic countries “with reference to the comprehensive manner that the principle of male and female equality has been carried through in these countries”.
Edith Anrep died at the age of 100 in Stockholm in 2012 and is buried at the cemetery in Leksand.