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Carole McCann

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 78: Women as Leaders in the Contraceptive Movement

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Women as Leaders in the Contraceptive Movement
Women as leaders in the contraceptive movement

For much of the 20th century, the American contraceptive movement worked to remove legal prohibitions on contraceptive information, encourage the development of new and better contraceptives, and make those methods available to all women. The movement coalesced in 1914 when Margaret Sanger, who coined the phrase “birth control,” directly challenged the 1873 federal law that prohibited the distribution of contraceptive information and devices. Sanger believed that access to contraception was a woman's fundamental right. Without it motherhood was compulsory. She was not ...

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