Who is she?
Mary Calderone was an American doctor and public health advocate for sex education, who is often compared to Margaret Sanger.
She was the founder of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and medical director of Planned Parenthood.
Mary pushed for open access to information on birth control – she overturned the American Medical Association’s policy againt doctors giving out information on birth control. She also organised a national conference in 1958 which kicked off the movement to legalise abortion, and was heavily involved in sex education for children.
Why should we thank her?
Information about and access to birth control is one of the great liberators of women all over the world (sadly, it’s still denied to many). Mary’s work helped to educate and liberate so many American women.
“We have yet to beat our drums for birth control in the way we beat them for polio vaccine. We are still unable to put babies in the class of dangerous epidemics, even though this is the exact truth.”