Creator

Margaret Sanger

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Creation Date

1920

Description

This book is signed by Margaret Sanger, advocate for contraception and one of the founders of organizations that became Planned Parenthood. Sanger worked as a nurse and saw the effect of unwanted pregnancy on women. She threw her energy behind contraceptive education, coining the term "birth control," distributing literature, and opening clinics. Sanger was also a firm believer in eugenics and advocated for birth control as a method of achieving this aim. This controversial book reflects her ideal that contraception could be used to eliminate "undesirable" hereditary traits, thus, in her mind, improving the human race. This view continues to impact her legacy today. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 31 times.

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Keywords

Reproductive rights, Eugenics, Women's rights

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