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Eugenics and Disability

Many of the earliest philanthropists in the U.S. were significant ideological and financial supporters of the eugenics movement. According to The New Statesman, “Funding for the eugenics cause came from such distinguished sources as the Carnegie Institution and the WK Kellogg Foundation, and support also came from the influential leaders of the oil, steel and railroad industries.”

Philanthropy must reckon with its history with eugenics in order to meaningfully move toward an equitable and actively anti-ableist future. To begin, we encourage you to explore the following resources as a starting point for understanding the history and impact of eugenics on disabled people, especially those who are multi-marginalized.


Forced Sterilization of Disabled People

COVID-19 and Eugenics