She is embarrassed by "female issues" and avoids a meeting with Margaret Sanger
; she obtains modern birth control but is relieved when her fiance refuses to discuss it.
My approach will be to look at the novel in relation to historical changes in motherhood, then to mark parallels between Ryder and texts of the early birth-control movement-specifically, two of Margaret Sanger
's 1920s works that opposed what she called "enforced maternity." But before examining this historical context, I would like to set out some of the passages in Ryder that provide the underpinning for my argument, to suggest patterns in the novel's representation of mothering.
That two laudatory biographies of long-term female political activists, Ellen Chesler's of Margaret Sanger
and Blanche Wiesen Cook's first volume on Eleanor Roosevelt, should appear at virtually the same time perhaps reflects how beleaguered feminists felt at that point.
was arrested on obscenity charges in connection with her book Family Limitation, a pioneer work on birth control.
Planned Parenthood, the brainchild of eugenicist Margaret Sanger
, celebrated its 100th birthday October 16.
However, the organization proudly traces its roots back to 1916 when its founder, Margaret Sanger
, opened the nation's first birth-control clinic in Brooklyn, New York.
Most recently, she took to her Facebook page to call us "freak show knuckleheads" because we quoted Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
with 100 percent accuracy as saying, "The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
The women's suffrage movement advanced, and Margaret Sanger
opened the first birth control clinic in America, shortly thereafter founding the organization that would eventually become known as Planned Parenthood.
Readers are introduced to important figures like feminists Margaret Sanger
and Katherine McCormick, scientist Gregory Pincus and Catholic doctor John Rock who battled his own church to advocate for the drug.
She dedicated her life to caring for him and to her causes: housing for women at MIT, the early women's rights movement and later, through Margaret Sanger
, the birth control movement.
Birth-control crusader Margaret Sanger
and philanthropist Katherine McCormick provided the passion and the purse strings, turning to scientist Gregory Pincus and obstetrician-gynecologist John Rock to conjure up the first hormonal contraceptive.
After bouncing from university job to university job and playing a botched role in a murder case that kept the lie detector he invented (but failed to patent) on the far outskirts of American courts, he settled down in an extralegal plural marriage that included birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger