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Social worker Eileen Younghusband (1902-1981). . . is in several ways an important part of 20th century social work history. She was active during the most decisive formative decades of the welfare state, contributing significantly – particularly through committee work and reports – to the development of systems and institutions at national level in the UK.
The 20th-century ideas and practices aimed at “improving human stock” known as eugenics were influential across the world, including in Canada. In 1928, the province of Alberta introduced the Sexual Sterilization Act, which promoted the practice of surgical sterilization for those deemed “mental defectives”, a practice in effect until 1972. British Columbia was the only other Canadian province to enact comparable eugenic sterilization legislation, which was in place until 1973. This History has special significance for people with disabilities and others marginalized by eugenic ideas today.
NW corner of the Quadrangle. First home of the school of Social Study and Training.
Sculptor George Segal’s tribute to Depression-era America is on display at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Edwards believed that social work should not be limited to a narrow focus or single discipline, such as psychoanalysis or sociology, but should also encompass political economy, social history, women’s issues, race relations, labor issues, and world affairs.
Still image from a WALB newsfilm clip of Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy leading a kneel-in and being arrested in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 27
Dr. E. Franklin Frazier, Director of the Atlanta School of Social Work from 1922 to 1927, is probably the best known of the African American pioneers in social work. He is scarcely well known; the Encyclopedia of Social Work did not include his biography until 1987 and schools of social work rarely note and less often study his contributions to the field.
After Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan took power, the rest of the package soon followed: massive tax cuts for the rich, the crushing of trade unions, deregulation, privatisation, outsourcing and competition in public services. Through the IMF, the World Bank, the Maastricht treaty and the World Trade Organisation, neoliberal policies were imposed – often without democratic consent – on much of the world. Most remarkable was its adoption among parties that once belonged to the left: Labour and the Democrats, for example. As Stedman Jones notes, “it is hard to think of another utopia to have been as fully realised.”