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Woman of Valor by Ellen Chesler
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Mar 11, 12

Read in March, 2012 — I own a copy

An excellent biography of the woman who made contraception an inextricable element of equal rights in the 20th Century. Margaret Sanger fought consistently and innovatively to legalize and promulgate women's right to control their reproductive destinies against all manner of obstacle, both political and religious. The history included in this volume should be taken to heart by anyone who considered this a settled matter. Given the debates raging in the news during this election cycle, it would be a good thing for people to reacquaint themselves with the history of the movement, the Planned Parenthood Federation, and the various arguments against granting women the right to decide for themselves whether or not to reproduce. Superbly written and well-sourced, this is one of the better biographies of the recent past.
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