Margaret Sanger's What Every Girl Should Know

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Since the dawn of time, man has always pondered whether women were equal to men. Questions about women’s physical and mental abilities have come up in every society and although every outcome is not the same, the general consensus was that women were the inferior gender. Because of this assumption women, as a whole, have experienced maltreatment, injustice and equality. In the United States, there have been instances of small movements here or there, for voting or for equality. Several states had enacted laws that allowed women to own land and to vote in local elections. In some states, women were allowed to hold local offices. Women had also made great strides in breaking the barrier into male dominated professions, like nursing, medicine…show more content…
The book was written for mothers who didn’t know how to talk to their daughters and for girls who didn’t know anything about sex and pregnancies. A quote from the book gives us insight into Margaret’s intentions, “To which I replied that my object in telling young girls the truth is for the definite purpose of preventing… sexual relations… without thinking and knowing (Sanger 9).” This book spoke about many topics; including, puberty, menstrual cycles, the physical and mental consequences and benefits of sex, STDs, pregnancy (how to know when you’re pregnant, how to take care of yourself during pregnancy, miscarriages), and the continence of men. She wished to educate and inform women on everything that their body goes through, and how to safely care for themselves in all types of situations. Today we link pro-choice and feminism as one, but Margaret was not an advocate for either.. She simply stated that more women get hurt and/or sick from abortions then from full-term pregnancies and advised against getting…show more content…
Margaret Sanger spent her lifetime fighting for reproductive equality for women the world over. Coining the term “birth control”, Margaret faced many trials, including indictments for “obscene” behavior, jail time, lawsuits and many rallies against Planned Parenthood, to ensure that all women had access. Unfortunately, while she lived to see her dream go far, she died September 6, 1966, seven years before the pill became legally available to all women and before abortion became legal in the United States. Her obituary in the New York Times described her as “a dynamic, titian-haired woman whose Irish ancestry also endowed her with unfailing charm and persuasive wit was first and foremost a feminist. She sought to create equality between the sexes by freeing women from what she saw as sexual servitude.” Margaret Sanger would be proud that her legacy has continued into today and led to the education of young girls and women in contraceptive and reproductive health, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic

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