Sanger Bibliography

* Recommended

Biographies of Margaret Sanger

* Jean H. Baker. Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion. New York: Hill & Wang, 2011.

* Ellen Chesler. Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Patrricia Walsh Coates, Margaret Sanger and the Origin of the Birth Control Movement, 1910-1930: The Concept of Women's Sexual Autonomy, Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.

Joan Dash. A Life of One's Own: Three Gifted Women and the Men They Married. New York: Paragon House, 1973.

Emily Taft Douglas. Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of the Future. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.

* Margaret Forster. Significant Sisters: The Grassroots of American Feminism 1839-1939. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985.

Madeline Gray. Margaret Sanger: A Biography of the Champion of Birth Control. New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1979.

David Kennedy. Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.

* Lawrence Lader. The Margaret Sanger Story and the Fight for Birth Control. Garden City: Doubleday), 1953.

Biographies for Younger Readers

Nancy Bachrach, Margaret Sanger. Lucent Books, 1993.

Peter Bagge, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (graphic novel) 2013.

Vicki Cox, Margaret Sanger: Rebel for Women's Rights. Chelsea House Publications, 2004.

* Nancy Whitelaw. Margaret Sanger: Every Child a Wanted Child. New York: Dillon Press, 1994.

Elyse Topalian. Margaret Sanger. New York: Franklin Watts, 1984.

Virginia Coigney. Margaret Sanger: Rebel With a Cause. Garden City: Doubleday, 1969.

General Birth Control and Population Control Histories featuring Sanger

* Simone Caron. Who Chooses? American Reproductive History Since 1830. 2010.

* Jonathan Eig. The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution. 2014.

* Peter C. Engelman. A History of the Birth Control Movement in America. 2011.

* Matthew Connelly. Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population. 2008.

* Linda Gordon. The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in American. Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2002.

Linda Gordon. Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

* Cathy Moran Hajo. Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916-1939. Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2010.

* Carole R. McCann. Birth Control Politics in the Unites States, 1916-1945. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.

* Angus McLaren. A History of Contraception: From Antiquity to the Present Day. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990.

* James Reed. The Birth Control Movement and American Society: From Private Vice to Public Virtue. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Beryl Suitters. Be Brave and Angry: Chronicles of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, London: IPPF, 1973.

*Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. Hill & Wang., 2001.

Encyclopedia Articles

American National Biography. John Garraty, ed. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999 Esther Katz, "Margaret Higgins Sanger", pp. 264-267.

Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 8 1966-1970. John Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988. David Kennedy, "Margaret Higgins Sanger," pp. 567-570.

Encyclopedia of Leadership, Volume 3. Eds. George R. Goethals, Georgia Jones Sorenson, and James MacGregor Burns, Sage, 2004. Denise R. Johnson, "Birth Control," pp. 100-105.

Encyclopedia of New York City. Kenneth T. Jackson, ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger," p. 1041.

Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Syracuse University Press, 2003. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger."

Handbook of American Women's History. Angela Howard Zophy and Frances Kavenik, eds. New York: Garland Press, 1990. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger," p. 529.

National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 52. New York: J.T. White, 1970. "Margaret Sanger," pp. 325-326.

Notable American Women: The Modern Period. Barbara Sicherman, Carol Hurd Green, Ilene Kantrov, and Harriette Walker, eds. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1980. James Reed, "Margaret Sanger," pp. 623-627.


Esther Katz. Women's Activism and Social Change: Documenting the Lives of Margaret Sanger and Jane Addams BOOKS & BEYOND, March 24, 2003 at the Library of Congress' Center for the Book (with Jane Addams Papers Editor, Mary Lynn McCree Bryan).

"The Pill" a PBS documentary, featuring Margaret Sanger's role in its development, broadcast as part of the American Experience on February 24, 2003.

Barna-Alper Productions released "The Woman Rebel," in the series Turning Points of History, broadcast in Canada's History Television on June 21, 2002.

Cobblestone Films released Margaret Sanger on PBS in October 1998. This one and a half hour video is available through Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

"Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance," a half-hour video produced in 1992 by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull, is available through Women Make Movies.

Margaret Sanger's 1953 "This I Believe" speech (mp3 file).

1940s photo courtesy of the University of Arizona, Department of Special Collections.