Margaret Sanger, an author and social reformer, gives up nursing to devote herself full-time to the cause of birth control, a term she is credited with originating. In 1914 she flees to Europe when indicted for sending obscene materials through the mails. She returns the following year and opens the first U.S. birth control clinic in Brooklyn. In 1921, she establishes the American Birth Control League which later mergers with other groups and becomes the Planned Parenthood Federation in…
Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger coined the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established Planned Parenthood.
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Ten days later, police raid it and shut down operations. Sanger received a month jail time under the Comstock Laws, which banned contraceptives and forbid family planning literature from circulating through the mail. In 1938, Sanger went to court yet again, and the judge ruled in favor of decriminalizing birth control, dissolving the repressive Comstock statutes.
Susie King Taylor (August 6, 1848 - October 6, 1912) was an African American army nurse; she worked with black Union troops during the Civil War. As the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
Crystal Lee Sutton: Sutton (a mother of three) earned a paltry $2.65 an hour and endured awful conditions, so she worked to unite her fellow employees for better representation. The company fired her and had police escort her out, but within a year the plant was unionized. Her story was turned into the 1979 Sally Field movie Norma Rae
Celebrate the life and times of Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997); an African American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.