After abandoning her family, nurse-midwife Margaret Sanger (1879–1966) devoted herself to the cause of birth control, believing it an essential cornerstone for women's rights and the best way to prevent unsafe abortions. In this biography, Jean Baker profiles this often-misunderstood founder of the organization that would become Planned Parenthood, a visionary who even today is reviled for her perceived racism, socialist leanings, and support for eugenics.
"Baker ably illuminates the time period, making clear the attitudes that Sanger confronted and the political and religious forces that were arrayed against her…. A wealth of information about the birth control movement and the dedicated woman who was long at the center of it."—Kirkus Reviews