Helms 1Natalie HelmsPols 3070Mr. Joshua MillerMargaret SangerFebruary 16, 2017Neglecting to study Margaret Sanger’s role in our history would be absolutely unfair because of all her many accomplishments for American women. Margaret Sanger is often knownas the “Mother of Birth Control”. She was born in Corning, New York, in 1876. There she lived with her mother and father, and her eleven siblings. Given the family’s low socioeconomic standing, the size of the family often created financial struggles. Margaret watched her mom go through the many pregnancies and deliveries and saw firsthand what the consequences of that would be. At the early age of 19 Margaret was haunted by the death of her mother. Her mother’s frequent childbirth, poor health, inefficient medical care due to their social economic status, and tuberculosis were some of the factors that caused her premature death (Bergman, Kauffman). After Margaret’s mother passed away, her older sisters while attending nursing school at Claverack College supported her financially. She then began towork on her own nursing degree at White Plains Hospital in New York where she worked as a practical nurse (Katz). In 1902, Margaret married William Sanger and with him she had three children. Most women in that day and age would have been devoted to their children and family. That; however,was not Margaret Sanger. Margaret was known as a distracted mother; therefore her neighbors
Helms 2had to step in and help take care of her children. Perhaps Margaret knew she had a greater calling(Bergmann). One may consider Margaret’s first great accomplishment to be the publication of the magazine Woman Rebel; a periodical intended to challenge the Comstock laws. This publication in 1914 was the first one of its kind and caught the attention of all of America. The Comstock laws made it illegal for doctors to discuss any form of birth control with a woman, even if becoming pregnant would be fatal to the woman (Feldt). Woman Rebel was amagazine that focused on promoting “birth control;” a term that she had coined.