Nurse, Birth Control (1879-1966)
Margaret became a nurse, and during her career she discovered that poor people usually had more children than wealthy people. Poor people had trouble raising their children because they did not have enough money to provide what each child needed. Margaret sold her house and with her savings, she, her husband and children went to Europe to find out how to help women control their pregnancies, called "birth control". She helped to educate women on how to plan the size of their families, and opened clinics to help women learn these ideas. At that time, these ideas were against the law and Margaret was arrested many times. Margaret fought these laws, traveled and spoke about her ideas, and became the first president of Planned Parenthood.
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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.