Clara Codd was born in 1876 in England, the oldest of ten daughters. Even as a child, she questioned the meaning of life and felt moved into a search for "something." As a young woman, a strong sense for freedom and justice moved her to work for the enfranchisement of women. Despite a natural shyness, she spoke passionately for women’s rights from street platforms and in crowded halls, enduring heckling, physical abuse, and imprisonment.
She joined the Theosophical Society at age 27. In her autobiography, So Rich a Life, Clara states, "I had come home at last after long wandering. I had found the beginning of the way." Three years later Clara was appointed the first national lecturer for the English Section. Later she served as National Secretary (president) of the Australian and South African Sections. Clara Codd’s Theosophical career lasted nearly 70 years, during which time she traveled to virtually every continent