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Woman of valor : Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement in America

by Chesler, Ellen.

Format: Print Book 1992
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HQ764.S3 C44 1992
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HQ764.S3 C44 1992
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HQ764.S3 C44 1992
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HQ764.S3 C44 1992
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 SANGER
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Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  92 SANGER
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Chesler spent two decades on this excellent biography of the often controversial and ever-irreverent pioneer of birth control. Her meticulously documented research and thorough synthesis of Sanger's lively, conflictful personality and life have resulted in not only a sharply focused individual portrait, but also an invaluable chronicle of the moral, medical, and political aspects of the birth-control movement. Sanger's belief in the fundamental right of women to control their bodies inspired a lifetime of work and risk taking. Ambitious and feisty, Sanger, from a family of 11 children, was also an adventurous and sensual woman unable and unwilling to sustain monogamous relationships or consistent domestic arrangements. As nurse, midwife, wife, and mother of three, Sanger identified strongly with the poor women in her care and turned radical, hell-bent on making sexual education and contraceptives available to all women in spite of the illegality of such actions. She opened the first American birth-control clinic in 1916, wrote ground-breaking materials about female sexuality and birth control, fought to make reproduction counseling part of regular health care, and traveled around the world lecturing and organizing for the cause. She also abandoned her first husband, married a millionaire she didn't love but who supported her work, and continued to conduct a number of intense affairs, including relationships with her mentor, Havelock Ellis, and H. G. Wells. The fact that the debates at the heart of Sanger's lifework continue to rage today makes this a salient contribution to the history of women's rights and the annals of the fight for reproductive freedom. ~--Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Former Columbia University Faculty Fellow Chesler succeeds admirably in bringing the extraordinary career and controversial personality of Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) to life in this skillfully researched and objective biography. Sanger, a political radical, devoted herself to ensuring women's access to contraception after observing the plight of the poor as a public health nurse. An astute organizer, she fought against the opposition of a conservative political and religious male establishment, building a national and international birth control movement. Chesler explores the negative as well as the positive aspects of Sanger's character, noting that she was known to manipulate people and sometimes modified her views to achieve her ends. A strong believer in her own right to a fulfilled sex life, Sanger married twice and took many lovers, including Havelock Ellis and H. G. Wells. This is an outstanding biography of a feminist reformer whose achievements changed the lives of women forever. Photos not seen by PW. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sanger, Margaret, -- 1879-1966.
Birth control -- United States -- Biography.
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1992
Language English
Description 639 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 589-607) and index.
ISBN 0671600885 :
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