Inspiration for Activism!
- Worked as a visiting nurse in Henry Street Settlement.
- Fierce advocate for measures to improve the health of poor people. In 1912 she participated in labour action in textile workers’ strike, and wrote a column in “The Call” on women’s sexuality.
- Coined the term birth control in 1914.
- Realizing knowledge of and access to contraception was a socio-economic issue, she challenged governmental censure of contractive information by civil disobedience.
- Indicted in 1914 for violating postal obscenity laws and fled to England for a year to avoid imprisonment.
- In 1916, Sanger opened the first U.S. birth control clinic (for which she spent 30 days in jail).
- Founded American Birth Control League, later to become Planned Parenthood.
- Global role in promoting birth control, e.g., India and Japan, although pronatalist fascist movements impeded progress during WWII.
- In 1925, Sanger arranged for American manufacture of spring-form diaphrams, and
- Fostered research into development of spermicidal jellies and foam powders.
- In the 1950s, secured funding for development of the birth control pill.
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