Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

by Jean H. Baker
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Margaret Sanger was arguably one of, if not THE, most influential women of the twentieth century. Birth control and family planning would never be the same, due to her strong force of personality and calculated efforts to raise awareness of the issue of birth control. She got America: 1) to talk about it openly for the first time, and 2) agree that spacing children within marriage was actually a good idea. Then she built coalitions to support clinics, to form national frameworks of supporters, then international networks, AND served as matchmaker/fairy godmother to the researchers who developed The Pill, after she introduced an interested sponsor with deep pockets. What I liked about this book is that Sanger's warmth, vibrancy comes through, but also, the author herself does not seem 100% sold on "Saint Margaret." Her flaws and strengths are clearly depicted, along with a good feel for the times when she was born, when she was a teen, and each succeeding social transition. America - and the world was changing rapidly, from rural, agricultural nations to cities with automobiles and telephones. Women got to vote! This is an engaging look both at how one woman changed the world, but also a fascinating look at the history of 20th century America.