"Our power to remodel civilization": the development of eugenic feminism in Alberta, 1909-1921.

Canadian bulletin of medical history = Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la medecine

PubMedID: 24909021

Gibbons S. "Our power to remodel civilization": the development of eugenic feminism in Alberta, 1909-1921. Can Bull Med Hist. 2014;31(1):123-42.
In addition to being a prominent political figure in equal rights legislation, Emily Murphy was a vital contributor to programs which sought to improve the human race through forced sterilization. These negative aspects of this period in feminist history tend to be described as outside of the women's sphere, representing instead the patriarchal realm of men. However, both eugenics and the first-wave feminist ambitions for equal political rights were connected through an agrarian construction of "mothers of the race." As "mothers of the race," women in Alberta were responsible for the physical and moral betterment of the nation, and were directly engaged in concepts of intelligent motherhood, healthy childhood, and an overarching moral philosophy that was politically driven.