Katharine Dexter McCormick: Pioneer for Women's Rights

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The issues for which Katharine Dexter McCormick (1874-1967) fought are as important today as they were seventy-five years ago: birth control, sex education, abortion, equal pay for equal work, and freedom from sexual harassment. She was a driving force in the battle for the women's vote, the formation of the Women's League of Voters, the creation of Planned Parenthood, and the development of the birth control pill. McCormick stepped forward when others were afraid to act, and her unflagging fidelity to the cause ...

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Overview

The issues for which Katharine Dexter McCormick (1874-1967) fought are as important today as they were seventy-five years ago: birth control, sex education, abortion, equal pay for equal work, and freedom from sexual harassment. She was a driving force in the battle for the women's vote, the formation of the Women's League of Voters, the creation of Planned Parenthood, and the development of the birth control pill. McCormick stepped forward when others were afraid to act, and her unflagging fidelity to the cause made possible the social, political, and scientific achievements that today mark the difference between misery and opportunity for millions of women.

Although she was born into a world of privilege with many intellectual talents, McCormick's life was not without its significant challenges. Many of the issues to which she devoted her life remain controversial and are still under attack by their opponents. Due to her modesty, McCormick neither sought nor received public accolades during her lifetime. Nonetheless, her long-time crusades and achievements revolutionized the role of women, not only in America, but throughout the world. Scientist, humanitarian, and lifelong champion of women's rights, her determination and commitment provide a pattern to inspire women today and tomorrow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275980047
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ARMOND FIELDS is a social historian who is the author of eight biographies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Formative Years 1
Marriage and Madness 35
Women's Suffrage 89
The League of Women Voters 135
Dr. Brill 153
The League of Women Voters (continued) 161
Birth Control 173
Dr. Kempf, the Trial, and the Aftermath 203
Birth Control (continued) 233
The Pill 259
Final Years 293
Research Sources 309
Abbreviations 313
Notes 315
Bibliography 327
Index 331
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