by Melissa R. Klapper

No, Margaret Sanger Wasn’t Jewish

-But some of her best friends were!

You probably know that since the 1960s, American Jewish women have been ardent advocates for reproductive rights, and have developed activist tactics and educational strategies to publicize, protect, and expand these rights. What we haven’t really known until now is that there were precursors to this activism. Jewish women played critical roles in advocating for reproductive freedoms for more than a century — from the earliest days of the birth control movement in the United States — as consumers, distributors, and advocates of contraception. The goal of the early movement was to give women the power to control their fertility by educating them about their own bodies and sexuality and by dispensing diaphragms so that they would not have to rely on male techniques or devices for contraception.

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