The Life of Margaret Sanger Term Paper by Ambrat

A biographical overview of Margaret Sanger's life, trials and accomplishments.
# 151522 | 3,418 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines how, by the time of Margaret Sanger's death at age eighty-six in 1966, the movement she helped forge had firmly planted its roots in American culture and continues to this day to provide options to women of all socio-economic classes. It looks at how her advocacy and effective agency in the world birth control movement laid the groundwork for a variety of birth control organizations, most notably the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Because of her willingness to fight for a just cause, today's women (particularly in the United States) can openly discuss and seek information on birth control options and receive the necessary contraceptives to ensure our freedom to ultimately decide what's right for our own lives and bodies. This paper briefly outlines Margaret Sanger's journey in pursuit of expanding rights for women in the U.S. to access birth control information and devices.

From the Paper:

"Her father's freethinking and liberal outlook on life colored Margaret's upbringing and encouraged her to explore thoughts and ideas free from the dogma of the church. Michael Higgins was the community's first Socialist and a staunch supporter of such issues as women's suffrage, equality of the sexes, and free education and libraries (Sanger, 1938/2004). He was known for bringing home books to inspire his children's imaginations and spark their desire to learn. Margaret's mother, Anne Purcell Higgins, accommodated her husband's artistic aspirations and boyish impulses while she tended to the domestic duties at home. Margaret (1938/2004) reflected back on her parents' relationship, noting: "The relation existing between our parents was unusual for its day; they had the idea of comradeship and not merely loved but liked and respected each other" (p. 16). Because of the progressive attitudes that permeated her home environment, she was encouraged to pursue her education. While her family was unable to afford to send her to college to become a physician (a dream fostered by her father's intense love of human physiology), she was able to attend nursing school instead."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coigney, Virginia (1969). Margaret Sanger: Rebel with a cause. New York: Doubleday.
  • Kennedy, David M. (1970). Birth control in America: The career of Margaret Sanger. New Haven & London: Yale University Press.
  • Lader, Lawrence, & Meltzer, Milton (1969). Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of birth control. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company.
  • Sanger, Margaret (2004). The autobiography of Margaret Sanger. New York: Dover. (Original work published 1938)

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