Andrews née Smith was born into a mining family at Hirwaun in the Cynon Valley one of eleven children (two of whom died during childhood). She was one of three women who gave evidence before the Sankey Commission in 1918. Honno Ltd.
Ten years later a letter Elizabeth Andrews wrote to the press in support of Evan Roberts gained her some attention and Elizabeth Andrews joined the women's suffrage movement at about the same time. She lived in Station Road Hirwaun and was obliged to leave school at the age of twelve in order to help at home. She was one of three women who gave evidence before the Sankey Commission in 1918.