Essay On Margaret Sanger

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The contribution that Margaret Sanger had on the health, wellbeing and rights of women in the early 1900’s played a huge significance to the way our society today views contraception. The changes she made and enforced through relentless advocacy and commitment on the accessibility of contraceptive techniques to all women has left a lasting legacy on nursing. By educating herself both as a nurse as well as in the area of women’s health by means of birth control techniques, she allowed for strong arguments that raised conversation and awareness to the importance of women’s health, to which she dedicated her life.
From a young age, Margaret Sanger was horrified by the health of women as a result of multiple child births. She was the sixth born
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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. Alike to Socrates, Margaret Sanger went against what was considered the social norms of the time, by critically thinking and questioning what was considered standard ( Adelung & Fitzsimmons 2015), and was caught in the legal system who in an attempt to silence her, actually publicised her ideas more. She was jailed several times, and each time she did not surrender to the pressure put against her, rather she continued educating and empowering woman in jail, while others out of jail spoke her name which by…show more content…
She opened the very first birth control clinic in the United States (Theroux & Hawkins 2008) that aimed to distribute contraceptive devices, and information in an attempt of proper family planning. She encouraged researchers to produce materials and data that would not only help woman directly with their contraceptive efforts but also to prove the legitimacy and fundamentality of the rights of woman and birth control. She was a huge contributor and funder on the research that focused on contraception through the use of hormones, which lay the foundations for what is now commonly known as the “Pill”. She brought forward a range of arguments, some of those she was not fully in an agreement with, but those that would help the process of identifying the importance of birth control both for women singularly, but also for the whole world in terms of the human race. Her continual discussion for birth control ranged from intentions of social control by reducing the number of unfit which ultimately should lessen the suffering of the poor as well as a way to increase the quantity and quality of sexual relationships (Kennedy 1970 p. 127) resulting in happier and wealthier families, without resulting to abortions. The latter half was what she deemed the most
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