Margaret Sanger (1879–1966)
Stumbled across this, and it reminded me of a couple of my posts: “On Merit. And Sex. Of Course” and “More On Why Power is All About Women.” Just to reiterate, once again, that there’s nothing new under the sun.
Just keep saying the same damn things, over and over and over again, until we reach critical mass. Or something:
THE MOST far-reaching social development of modern times is the revolt of woman against sex servitude. The most important force in the remaking of the world is a free motherhood. Beside this force, the elaborate international programmes of modern statesmen are weak and superficial. Diplomats may formulate leagues of nations and nations may pledge their utmost strength to maintain them, statesmen may dream of reconstructing the world out of alliances, hegemonies and spheres of influence, but woman, continuing to produce explosive populations, will convert these pledges into the proverbial scraps of paper; or she may, by controlling birth, lift motherhood to the plane of a voluntary, intelligent function, and remake the world. When the world is thus remade, it will exceed the dream of statesman, reformer and revolutionist.
Her whole book, Woman and the New Race (1920) is online here.