Margaret Higgins Sanger: A Short Biography

Margaret Higgins Sanger
(September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966)



Joined the Women's Committee of the New York Socialist party (1911)

Opened the 1st Birth Control in North America (1916)

Started publishing the monthly periodical 'The Birth Control Review' (1917)

Founder of the American Birth Control League (1921)

Gave a lecture on birth control to the women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey (1926)

Renamed the (ABCL) the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau (BCCRB) (1928)

Formed the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control (1929)

Chairman of the Birth Control Council of America (1937)

President of the Birth Control Federation of America (1939)

 (BCFA) changed name to Planned the Parenthood Federation of America (1942)

Helped form the International Committee on Planned Parenthood (1946)

(ICPP) evolved into the International Planned Parenthood Federation (1952)

Sanger encouraged philanthropist Katharine McCormick to provide funding for biologist Gregory Pincus to develop the birth control pill (early 1950's)

Served as president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (1952 thru 1959)

Griswold v. Connecticut officially legalized birth control in the United States (Argued March 29, 1965... Decided June 7, 1965)

Margaret Higgins Sanger died of congestive heart failure on September 6, 1966 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 86

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