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If you've ever made a decision about contraception, you can thank Margaret Sanger. The activist worked with poor women in the slums of New York City where she witnessed many deaths from self-induced abortions and illness from frequent childbirth. Sanger was inspired to educate women about their bodies and make contraceptive technology available to all. She started by publishing a newsletter called The Woman Rebel in 1914 and eventually spoke at conferences, published books and served as president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. In 1923 Sanger opened the United States' first legal, physician-run birth control clinic. Sanger was arrested at least eight times in her fight for women's health. She thought—and we agree—that it was all worth it.