Planned Parenthood originated in the early part of the century. Its founder
was Margaret Sanger.
She was born in Corning, New York in 1883. She worked as
a nurse for many years among the poor of New York City.
Sanger believed that
women should have economic and social equality with men. She thought that, to
achieve such equality, women needed to avoid unwanted pregnancy. She originated
the term "Birth Control".
She joined the socialist party, became a feminist, and devoted
her life to promoting birth control.
Sanger founded the Birth Control League in 1921, to promote family
planning. The league became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in
Sanger died in 1966.