Timeline of Gender Movements
Prof. John Rinciari
SS310 – Exploring the 1960’s
November 27, 2012
The pro-contraception movement in the United States had its beginning in the early 20th Century (1914 – 1945). This social reform campaign was aimed at a women’s desire for equality with men and right to privacy and choice and access to legal contraception. It took almost 50 years to achieve the intended result which was to establish contraceptives as a legitimate form of health care. (Journal of Social History, 1985) I will guide you through my timeline to help illustrate events that mark the steps Sanger achieves to achieve legalization of ...view middle of the document...
Therefore we hold that every woman must possess the power and freedom to prevent conception except when these conditions can be satisfied. “ (Moranhajo, 2012)
In 1936 The One Package as the case is commonly referred to was Margaret Sanger’s test case to challenge the 1873 Comstock laws prohibiting the circulation of contraceptive and contraceptive information through the mails. This landmark case not only overturned the Comstock laws but it also paved the way for legal Doctor prescribed contraceptives. Sanger’s final objective now that the medical community was on board with prescribing contraceptives was to incorporate contraceptive education and services into public health programs. (The Margaret Sanger Papers, 2012)
In 1960, over 40 years after Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic to educate young women to the alternatives contraceptive methods available the FDA approved the use of “the pill”. With the aide of Gregory Pincus, a biochemist at the Worcester Foundation and John Rock a gynecologist from Harvard Medical began working on a birth control pill. May 9th 1960 marked the day in history women would have greater reproductive freedom. (History.com, 1960)
Margaret Sanger’s still regarded today as the leading figure in the battle for American Women’s rights. She is directly responsible ushering an era where children can now be born into...