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Margaret Higgins SangerKasie ShoemakerHCA415: Community & Public HealthKelly Davis26 Feb 2018
About 101 years ago, on 16 October in 1916. There was a woman named Margaret Sanger. She was the first person to open a birth control clinic in the United States. She was well known for being an advocate for women and their reproductive rights. This woman has left a legacy for the hurdles she had crossed to allow birth control for women and also married families. To this day, there are people trying to step on a big organization that she helped start and that is Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger was born September 14, 1879. She was born in Corning, New York. She had 10 brothers and sisters. Margaret’s mother died at the early age of 40. Margaret believed her early death was due to the miscarriages and pregnancies that she went through. Her father was a drinker and caused the family to live in poverty.Margaret when on to find a better life for herself. She attended both Hudson River Institute and Claverack College in the year of 1896. Four years later she decided to start studying nursing. This took place at White Plans Hospital. A short time after this, she got married to a man named William Sanger who was an architect. About six months after the two got married, she become pregnant with their first child. While pregnant with the first child, she was admitted to a facility because she got tuberculosis. After giving birth to the baby, she was still sick with tuberculosis. Margaret’s husband built the family a house, but just before their second child was born, their house burned down. They rebuilt the house and by the time the house was rebuilt, she had given birthto her third child. Margaret wanted a big family but because of her tuberculosis, this would prevent her from having more children.
The Sanger family ended up moving to New York City where she finished her nursing training. This is where Margaret joined the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Part and also the Liberal Club. In 1912, she started talking about sex education to women. She even wrote a newspaper column titled “What Every Mother Should Know.” Since her first series was so popular, she published another series called “What Every Girl Should Know.” This lead to her issues with the Comstock Act of 1873.

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