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Margaret Sanger! Read the sexy and shocking story of this young mother's personal tragedies and triumphs and her GREAT work as the most out-spoken birth control crusader of the pre-birth-control era. "Freud's Mistress and the Battle for Birth-Control" by VA Harrington Hutton. Buy the book!
Margaret Sangeranger founded the American Birth Control League, which became Planned Parenthood. The sixth of 11 children — she felt that frequent pregnancies hastened her mother's early death — Sanger worked to give us control over the means of reproduction.
Katherine Dexter McCormick provided both the social justification and the money to develop “the pill,” in her quest to find a more reliable source of birth control than diaphragms offered. She allied with Margaret Sanger and helped support birth control projects intermittently for thirty years before sponsoring Gregory Pincus’ development of “the pill.” McCormick also funded the building of female dormitories at MIT in an effort to boost female enrollment.
A major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism, Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was an influential anarchist of her day and an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality, and union organization. Deported in 1919, she participated in the social and political movements of her age, including the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - was a labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Flynn was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.
August 7, 1890: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is born. Flynn was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and an activist for women’s rights, birth control, and women’s suffrage. She died in 1964.
1917 Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, aligns with Margaret Sanger and smuggles diaphragms into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in women’s hands. Later she funds research that leads to the pill.