The collection contains material pertaining to Marie Stopes, organizations with which she was affiliated, and other organizations
and individuals concerned about issues of abortion, birth control, contraception, eugenics, obstetrics, population, sexual
behavior, sterilization, and welfare of women, primarily in Great Britain, but also including some items from the U.S. and
other countries. The collection has been assembled from multiple sources.
Marie Stopes, the daughter of Henry Stopes and Charlotte Carmichael, was born in Edinburgh in 1880. Charlotte, the daughter
of the artist, J. F. Carmichael, was the first woman in Scotland to obtain a university certificate. At the university Charlotte
was not allowed to attend lectures and although she took the same examinations as the male students, because she was a woman
she was awarded a certificate rather than a degree. Charlotte's university experiences turned her into a passionate feminist
and she made sure her daughter was fully aware of the arguments for women's suffrage.
9.0 linear feet
(22 document boxes and 1 oversized box)
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