Margaret Sanger
Updated: 11/5/2018
Margaret Sanger
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  • Margaret was born on September 14,1879, in Corning, New York. She was one of 11 children born into a Roman Catholic working-class Irish American family
  • Her mother died at a very young age which Margaret believed was due to the many pregnancies tolling on her body. This idea is what caused her to want to go to Claverack College in Hudson New York to study nursing.
  • After school, she moved to the slums of East Side NYC and settled where she married William Sanger and had three children, 2 boys, and a girl. Margaret's daughter sadly died in childhood.
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  • In 1913, she published a monthly newspaper, Women Rebel, in which she urged families for family limitation and started to use the term “birth control”. But only after 6 issues she was arrested for indicted for distributing “obscene” literature through the mail and she fled to Europe to continue to study.
  • Margaret started to open birth control clinics to gather medical histories and dispense birth control information in NYC and Chicago. She retuned to America in 1916 and opened a birth control clinic in a slum area to give information and materials. She was arrested again under State Law and her and her sister spent 1 month in prison. In 1917 she left prison and intensified her movement for 23 years
  • By 1933, there were over 55 clinics across the US. Margaret Sanger was the birth control movement She also helped found the International Planned Parenthood Federation She died in Tucson, Arizona on September 6 1966 due to heart problems a few months before US Supreme Court legalized birth control in America.The Margaret Sanger Clinic in NYC is a National Historic Landmark
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