- 6 September 1860
?, Queensland, Australia
- 28 April 1929
?, California, United States of America
- Nurse, Suffrage activist, Teacher and Union organiser
- Alternative Names
- Jordan, Mary Emma (Birth Name)
May Jordan McConnel was the first paid female union organiser in Queensland, elected Secretary of the newly-formed Tailoresses Union on 5 August 1890. The Brisbane Women's Union met for the first time on 27 August 1890 and discussions focused on securing fair wages, fair hours and equitable conditions in the workplace for women. In Brisbane on 17 December 1893, May delivered an address to suffrage supporters, celebrating New Zealand women's success in attaining the right to vote. In February 1894, a public meeting was held and the Woman's Equal Franchise Association, a strong supporter of women's suffrage, was founded. May was elected as Treasurer. In 1910, the McConnel family left Brisbane for the United States, leaving their Indooroopilly house, 'Robgill', as a gift to Queensland. This house became the Methodist Church's first institutionalised home for orphans in the state - the original Queen Alexander Home for Children. The family never returned to Australia and May died in California in 1929.