“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” –Margaret Sanger
This next post in our series on inspirational women honors Margaret Sanger, a well-known and inspirational member of the American reproductive rights movement.
She was an early American birth control activist, sex educator and nurse, who opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916, paving the way for modern day organizations like Planned Parenthood.
Sanger was an avid supporter of women’s rights and, in her opinion, in order for women to work toward equality, they needed to be able to better control if and when they wanted to have children. She also wanted to provide a method for preventing unsafe, illegal abortions, which, at the time, were common and often deadly.
In 1921, Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which later became what is now known as Planned Parenthood, where she served as the organization’s president from 1952 to 1959.
Although she passed away in 1966, she continues to be an inspirational figure in the ongoing fight for women’s reproductive rights.
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