Margaret Sanger, born September 14, 1879, was a women’s rights activist who led the birth control movement and dedicated her life to fighting for access to sexual health information for women. The impact of her work can still be felt today as reproductive health is no longer a forbidden topic and access to birth control or other contraceptives is mainstream. Sanger fought for women to have access to sexual health information so they could properly educated themselves about the control they have over their own bodies. In order to understand where the world is now with sexual health, it is important to understand the world in which Sanger started her work. Sanger came into age during a time where the Comstock Act of 1873 was in full effect.
The Catholic Church, in particular, was also an obstacle that Margaret Sanger had to manoeuvre as they believed that ‘procreation was the main purpose of marriage’ and that women did not have a ‘right to refuse her husband’ (Mclaren 1990 p. 149). The change that Margaret Sanger aimed for took nearly her full dedication and commitment throughout her life because of the challenging and sceptical societies that surrounded her. She did not waiver to those who opposed her. She relentlessly advocated for contraceptive techniques, while enlightening woman all over the world of the benefits they could gain by being open and accepting to birth control. She was able to do this by educating herself through travelling globally and meeting with professors who gave several ideas and techniques she later applied to her work and used as guidance.
The feminists of the time refused to be confined to a male dependent life. Instead, the authors of the book saw beauty in women supporting one another through issues unique to themselves. They understood that the battle to regain power and social justice would be much harder if they were alone rather than together. The feminists said, “we were individual women coming together out of choice and strength. Since we had patterned and focused much of our life... ... middle of paper ... ...uld now happily chose to enter into at her discretion.
Mary Wollstonecraft achieved much in her life, but most importantly she inspired other women to be independent and to improve their lives. Mary lived a life a scandal during her time. Not only did she have children out of wedlock, but she was firm in her belief that she did not need to dedicate her life to another man just because it was the social norm. She was an advocate for education and equality because of the hardships she experienced in her life struggling to survive. Mary Wollstonecraft's achievements of inspiring women during her time and of the future as well as her support of education for women to grow not only intellectually but independently make her an inspiring figure during the Enlightenment.
Margaret Sanger “When a motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race." (Margaret Sanger, 1) Margaret Sanger, known as the founder of birth control, declared this powerful statement. It is reality that the rights that are customary for women in the twentieth century have been the product of the arduous physical and mental work of many courageous women. These individuals fought for the right for women to be respected in both mind and body by bestowing on them the rights to protect their femininity and to gain the equivalent respect given to men. A remarkable woman named Margaret Sanger is the individual who incredibly contributed to the feministic revolution that took place in the 1920’s.
Sanger changed women’s rights in the 1900s and still has an impact on women’s rights today. Margaret Sanger impacted women’s health more than anyone in American history simply because she started the conversation about women’s rights. As explained on the website of Sanger’s life, Margaret was born and raised in Corning, New York. She was the one of eleven children. Sanger’s mother died at a young age due to the cause of tuberculosis.
Upon her arrival, she discovered that the slow-moving Kentuckians were not yet ready for her. In a letter to her sister, she wrote: The schoolhouse was hardly selected, the windows were broken, the floor and wall filthy, the plaster falling off, and the scholars unnotified of my arrival. After beginning her teaching job there, she was shocked by the ignorance of the locals. As a young lady, she was not supposed to be intelligent, but her father had taught her well. She was utterly appalled at the lack of educational exposure in Kentucky.
Ada Lovelace was the daughter of famous poet at the time, Lord George Gordon Byron, and mother Anne Isabelle Milbanke, known as “the princess of parallelograms,” a mathematician. A few weeks after Ada Lovelace was born, her parents split. Her father left England and never returned. Women received inferior education that that of a man, but Isabelle Milbanke was more than able to give her daughter a superior education where she focused more on mathematics and science (Bellis). When Ada was 17, she was introduced to Mary Somerville, a Scottish astronomer and mathematician who’s party she heard Charles Babbage’s idea of the Analytic Engine, a new calculating engine (Toole).
The church will not allow them to be in any sort of position in the church, namely altar boys or priests. The school holds them back by putting them into filthy, run-down schools and teaching them very little while drilling into their minds the fact that no matter how hard they try, they cannot succeed in life. Unfortunately, even their neighbors hold them back by discouraging them to try anything in order to succeed and making fun of their impoverishment. The discrimination that they face daily holds them back and eventually stops them from even trying to succeed and better their lives. As Jerome K. Jerome once explained, the poor will be discriminated against, snubbed and despised the world over.
Amrita Assomull Mr. Grasso Block C 5/9/14 Birth Control Movement Paper Margaret Sanger was the revolutionary social reformer responsible for the American birth control movement in the early nineteenth century. By founding Planned Parenthood and making birth control legally available, Sanger made great strides for women in their ongoing battle for gender equality. She gave power to women by giving them freedom and control over their sexuality, and ultimately, their lives. Sanger’s important achievements and contributions to women’s equality are not disputed, however, her intentions behind fighting for birth control are debatable. Margaret Sanger was undoubtedly a feminist and strong supporter of freedom of choice for women.