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Organizations play an important role in society in a number of ways such as recreating and expanding social relationships, providing a sense of security and companionship, promoting personal growth and family and community action. 

Womens  Relief Society, Mormon Church, Lethbridge, Alberta, ca. 1926The formation of female specific organizations in Central Alberta developed for many reasons.  Many of these female organizations encouraged action through involvement in emerging community issues. They provided rural women with a voice and opportunity to discuss with their communities and local government on issues affecting the home, family and community. These organizations also allowed an opportunity for women to share information and develop personal skills in leadership.

Organizations were formed with different purposes which were usually religious, social, economic or political.  They were also part of a long tradition of women's activism in local communities.

Many of these local organizations drew their members from the local area and surrounding communities. Members included women who were involved in local businesses and professional women, as well as young girls for the reasons of education and socialization.



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