Margaret Sanger is due to appear in the October 4th 2010 edition of The Nation Magazine as one of the The Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century. The article, which is already published in part online, places Sanger as the 9th most influential figure, right before Charlotte Perkins Gilman and right after Upton Sinclair.
“[Sanger] worked as a nurse among poor women on New York City’s Lower East Side and became an advocate for women’s health. In 1912 she gave up nursing and dedicated herself to the distribution of information about birth control (a term she’s credited with inventing), risking imprisonment for violating the Comstock Act, which forbade distribution of birth control devices or information. She wrote articles on health for the Socialist Party paper The Call and wrote several books, including What Every Girl Should Know (1916) and What Every Mother Should Know (1916). In 1921 she founded the American Birth Control League, which eventually became Planned Parenthood. In 1916 she set up the first birth control clinic in the United States, and the following year she was arrested for “creating a public nuisance.” Her activism helped change public opinion and led to changes in laws giving doctors the right to give birth control advice (and later, birth control devices) to patients.”
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