1916-closeupAfter having spent so much time reading Margaret Sanger’s letters, speeches, and other documents, one of the things I find most interesting is reading descriptions of her in the news.  We don’t have a lot of film or audio recordings, and even when we can see those, they seem stiff and formal. In the press, as well as in interviews we get a different sense of the way that Sanger carried herself and her cause. We know that there was something about her, something that people responded to in a way that was remarkable.

One thing that comes across clearly in many of the descriptions, was that Sanger was a one cause woman.  As the Los Angeles Times reported in 1936:

We read in history books about men and women with a cause. Up until last Tuesday we’ve never seen one individual without several causes all mixed up and confused.

Calling Sanger “a mere slip of a red-haired woman of unfathomable years,” (she was 57 years old), the Times described her as “every inch as gracious and cultured a lady as we’ve seen for months.”

Her name was Margaret Sanger and undoubtedly you all know what her cause is. To see her, to talk with her, and to understand her ardor and persistence in her cause is a real experience. Nothing but her cause interests her at all; she must go on-and when the history of our age is written, we believe there’ll be a big thick chapter about titian-haired Margaret.

For more from the article quoted, see “Beau Peep Whispers,” Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 1936;