INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958)

Today there are Marie Stopes clinics in more than 40 countries, continuing the pioneering work of Stopes to bring sex education and birth control to women regardless of their age, marital status or wealth. Her manual on sex, Married Love – written, she said, when she was still a virgin – was highly controversial because it contained explicit anatomical drawings. Stopes opened the UK’s first family planning centre, the Mothers’ Clinic, in Holloway, north London, in March 1921, and in 1930 helped form the National Birth Control Council, forerunner of the Family Planning Association 

Photograph: BBC

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