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Margaret H. Sanger

  • No Gods, No Masters.

    • Margaret H. Sanger,
    • slogan of her newletter Woman Rebel ()
  • Birth control.

    • Margaret H. Sanger,
    • phrase first seen in Woman Rebel ()
  • No woman can call herself free who cannot choose the time to be a mother or not as she sees fit.

    • Margaret H. Sanger,
    • "The Case for Birth Control," Physical Culture ()
  • A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman, the magnetism of it is health giving. When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she has no response, it should not take place. This is an act of prostitution and is degrading to the woman's finer sensibility, all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.

  • Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.

  • ... birth control is the means by which woman attains basic freedom ...

  • No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

  • Woman was and is condemned to a system under which the lawful rapes exceed the unlawful ones a million to one.

  • When motherhood becomes the fruit of deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.

  • As often as I have witnessed the miracle [birth], held the perfect creature with its tiny hands and feet, each time I have felt as though I were entering a cathedral with prayer in my heart.

  • As a cause becomes more and more successful, the ideas of the people engaged in it are bound to change ...

  • The first right of every child is to be wanted, to be desired, to be planned for with an intensity of love that gives it its title to being.

    • Margaret H. Sanger,
    • 1915, in Hope Stoddard, Famous American Women ()
  • The greatest issue is to raise the question of birth control out of the gutter of obscenity ... into the light of intelligence and human understanding.

    • Margaret H. Sanger,
    • 1915, in Hope Stoddard, Famous American Women ()
  • Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that within her which struggles for expression. Her eyes must be less upon what is and more clearly upon what should be. She must listen only with a frankly questioning attitude to the dogmatized opinions of man-made society. When she chooses the new, free course of action, it must be in the light of her own opinion — of her own intuition. Only so can she give play to the feminine spirit. Only thus can she free her mate from the bondage which he wrought for himself when he wrought hers. Only thus can she restore to him that of which he robbed himself in restricting her. Only thus can she remake the world.

    • Margaret H. Sanger
  • Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts.

    • Margaret H. Sanger
  • The most far-reaching social development of modern times is the revolt of woman against sex servitude. The most important force in the remaking of the world is a free motherhood ...

    • Margaret H. Sanger

Margaret H. Sanger, U.S. nurse, birth control reformer

(1879 - 1966)

Full name: Margaret Higgins Sanger Slee.