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Margaret Sanger died in 1966 just shy of her 88thbirthday. She was ill in the four years leading up to her death and was living in a Tucson nursing home. She eventually died of congestive heart failure. She had lived just long enough to see the day that her beloved birth control pill become legal for all women to have. During Sanger’s life she wrote many books about sexual education and the need for birth control. She also wrote two autobiographies which included her views on women and sexuality. There has been much controversy over the thing she has said and people think she was a racist. Others think that Sanger’s drive toward birth control was because she was obsessed with eugenics. If she was able to come up with a way to keep people who in her opinion shouldn’t have kids than a better society would be produced. In her handbook What Every Boy and Girl Should Know she stated:It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop brining to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence.Stop brining into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. (BlackGenocide.org., 2010, para. 10).With statements like this there was belief that she thought African American’s as well as other races should not procreate if they do not have the funds to raise their children that they are only starting a cycle that cannot be undone and society will have to pay.
Sanger7As controversial as Sanger may have been who knows where American women would be if it were not for her and her beliefs. Even if she was obsessed with having the perfect society sheput herself out there time and time again to stand up for something she felt was important. This was a time when women were pushing for equal treatment in other areas as well. The combined efforts they made to advance women in our country will never go unnoticed by women in the modern day.
Sanger8ReferencesBlackGenocide.org. (2010). The Truth About Margaret Sanger. Retrieved March 26, 2016, from Langston, D. (2002). Margaret Sanger. A to Z of American Women Leaders and Activists. Facts On File, 2002. American History Online. Web. 26 Mar. 2016. <sanger>.Margaret Sanger. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2016, from Sanger, M. (November 17, 1912). What Every Girl Should Know. Retrieved from ?sangerDoc=304533.xml