[Milwaukee Open Forum Speech Notes]



Spatial Coverage


Margaret Sanger Microfilm Edition, Smith College Collections, S70:1023


Sanger used these notes for a speech she gave to the Milwaukee, WI Open Forum on November 6, 1923.


Hugo, Victor



Victor Hugo says "There is no force in the world like that of an idea whose hour has come."

B.C has come to solve mothers conflict. Intelligence viz reproduction} all lower species as they ascend scale evolution & become more intelligent. Cease to reproduce so abundantly.

Responsible parenthood sign of intelligence.

Excessive Races could not wait so infanticide & abortion prevailed Savagery, Barbarism & Early Civilization.

Sutherlands remarks on Origin & Growth of Moral Instinct. Read Well to do few children. This for the biological aspect! Now for the racial, Social & Individual.

Conflict Population reproduction viz subsistence} Malthus theory constant pressure of population against means--subsistence.

population 2, 48, 16, 32, 64

food 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Malthus lived in a world with no telephone, telegraph, locomotive, steam boats or motor cars could not foresee improvements--nor doubled populationb birth rate has lowered--population increased.

  • 50% interest on $1000 or 2% on 1,000,000
  • Small population
  • U.S.A.
  • old countries overcrowded
  • China, India

Whole world overcrowded double population last century} intelligence social & economic systems equipment, houses, schools, poverty, ignorance, slums disease, wars.

Malthus advocated late marriage & continence. B.C. Organization advocate early marriage & knowledge.

conscious control birth rate--not abortion nor infanticide.

Individual problem--} health economic racial

4 critical stages adult life

  • 1 adolescent--14-22--building, storing money in bank, energizing
  • 2 marriage, love life--adjustment, magnetizing, interesting
  • 3 motherhood, child life, sympathetic--
  • 4 menopause reflective, spiritualizing--

B.C. will help adolescent live clean lives, early marriage.

Married life}

  • love life, 2 years, play, read, cultural--
  • Child life--conceived love, space babies, 4 children.

B.C. pivot married happiness.

Causes for unhappiness in marriage} health or disease-- maturity flirt, giddy--

  • Too early pregnancy,
  • too frequent pregnancy,
  • fear of pregnancy}

Mans ignorance in art of love}

  • woman's nature & eccentricities.
  • pregnancy & disturbing influences.
  • anxiety, sex cures, frigidity--

Orangutang & a violin. meeting for men only

Mans nature simple & direct

Woman's complex. Clinics to help

3 kinds of B.C.}

  • continence
  • sterilization
  • mechanicl contraceptives

When not to have children.

Epicletus said of Athens "The spring time went out of her years."

58,432 letters, what do they ask? Church, Society, Science no place for her. Push her back into mire.

Della's story Chicago men helped.

Can b.c help these women} Chicago case high grade imbecile.

Western States Clinics-- Federal law Chicago, Denver, Holland, Mexico China, England Vienna Iowa Dallas

Womens enslavement} upon fruits of her womb has all been founded--}

  • armies
  • navies
  • kingdoms
  • Oligarchies
  • Democracies--

She has made life cheap. Children by chance--now by choice, perfect bodies--beautiful as can be made. Temples of the Soul and a perfect instrument for its use during its journey throughout its various stages vicissitudes of material existence. development