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date: 17 April 2024

Sanger, Margaret 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Peter C. EngelmanPeter C. Engelman

(1879–1966),founder of the American birth‐control movement and international birth‐control leader. Margaret Sanger (née Higgins) promoted birth‐control education and the establishment of clinics in the United States and throughout the world. For Sanger, birth control was a basic human right, the key to women's sexual autonomy, and the most effective means of improving the human condition. Her law‐defying tactics and shrewd public relations maneuvers broke down the long‐standing Comstock laws that prohibited the circulation of information about contraceptives. Sanger's activism educated and enlightened a repressive society and initiated a dramatic change in sexual mores.... ...

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