[Portland, Oregon: For the author, 1916 ]. Revised edition. One of 1,000 copies printed for Sanger by an Oregon union organizer, possibly with funds provided by Marie Equi (Helquist, p. 274). The Portland edition is unique because it was revised by Equi and includes a statement by her specifying that “this edition is made chiefly for union men and women.” When Sanger distributed this edition at a lecture in Portland, she was arrested and jailed, along with Equi and five others, for circulating obscene material. The Portland City Council also convened an emergency meeting to ban the pamphlet (Helquist, p. 277). Insides of wrappers also printed with a statement by doctor and labor organizer Marie Equi (1872 – 1952). With two diagrams of the female reproductive system. Some offsetting to wrappers from the book in which this pamphlet was once stored. A very good copy of an essential work by Margaret Sanger, founder of the first birth control clinic in the United States, with editing by Marie Equi that is unique to this edition. Printed gray paper wrappers. 4 in. by 6 in. 16 pp. Item #16803
Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879 – 1966), who saw birth control as a civil right, founded the first birth control clinic in the United States in 1916. Sanger also founded numerous organizations that researched birth control and provided birth control education, particularly to working class women who were typically unable to access essential information about reproductive health. The organizations included the American Birth Control League, the National Committee on the Federal Legislation of Birth Control, and Planned Parenthood.
Marie Equi (1872 – 1952) was a lesbian feminist, labor organizer, abortion provider, and one of the first 60 women to become medical doctors in Oregon. She was also a dedicated anti-war activist and was imprisoned for sedition in 1918 after delivering speeches criticizing the involvement of the United States in World War I. Two copies of this edition recorded in OCLC.