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Review of The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt


This book is so well written and researched. The case of Ann Cooper Hewitt and her forced sterilization was captivating. Her mother had the sterilization done so her daughter, Ann, couldn’t be the beneficiary of money from her father’s estate. This was an interesting story of what was considered okay to be done to women in 1934. The case set an example of questioning what constitutes how women could be considered not capable of being a mother. All of these issues were very interesting and horrific. This was such an interesting story involving eugenetics and reproductive rights for women.