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Books, Journals, New Media
July 16, 2003

Margaret Sanger

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(3):408-409. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.408

The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, Volume 1: The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928 documents the formative years of one of America's most controversial and influential feminists. It details Margaret Higgins Sanger's difficult journey from working-class radical in pre-World War I bohemian Greenwich Village to upper-class celebrity who achieved mainstream respectability as she forged alliances with the medical profession in an ongoing crusade to ensure the right of every woman to determine whether and when to have children. Sanger was an early champion of birth control, a term that she helped coin in 1914. The documents in this volume demonstrate the complexity of this forward-looking woman's life as she filled the diverse roles of wife, lover, mother, nurse, journalist, radical socialist, and renowned activist.