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Movements Inaugerated

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MurphyNot content to simply uphold the status quo, Emily Murphy believed in taking action, when she perceived injustice. A devoted public servant, throughout her lifetime she inaugurated, or started a number of movements and organizations. Listed below are examples of Emily Murphy's public efforts.

  • Inaugurated movement for enactment of Dower Law in Alberta, 1910
  • Organizer of Women's Canadian Club of Edmonton and first President, 1911
  • Inaugurated movement for public playgrounds at Edmonton, 1911
  • Inaugurated movement for election of women as school trustees in Alberta, 1912
  • Arranged at Edmonton the Commission on Immigration, held under auspices of Child Welfare Association by Margaret Bondfield, Secretary of Labour, British Government, 1924
  • Inaugurated movement for establishment Victorian Order of Nurses at Edmonton, 1910
  • Inaugurated movement for establishment of Municipal Hospitals in Alberta, 1910, and was first woman member of Hospital Board of City of Edmonton
  • Inaugurated movement for Medical Inspection of Schools in Alberta
  • Organized in Alberta and Saskatchewan the fist branches of the Canadian Committee of Mental Hygiene and was member of the National Board of Directors, 1918-25
  • Inaugurated a campaign against the importation and use of narcotic drugs in Canada
  • Inaugurated and for thirteen years worked to establish the right of women to sit in the Canadian Senate under the provisions of the British North America Act, winning by decision of His Majesty's Privy Council in 1929

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