Meyer, Jimmy Elaine Wilkinson.

Any friend of the movement : networking for birth control, 1920-1940 / Jimmy Elaine Wilkinson Meyer. - Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2004. - xxii, 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. - Women and health: cultural and social perspectives series . - Women & health (Columbus, Ohio) .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-270) and index.

Radical roots -- Nagging and networking -- Heir conditioning -- "Hubby and I think it's swell" -- Friends of the movement -- A new point of view.

"In the 1920s, a few Cleveland women perceived a need for reliable birth control. They believed that health and social service professionals denied women, especially poor and working-class women, critical health care information. Any Friend of the Movement tells the story of these women, their actions, and the organization they created - the direct forerunner of a modern Planned Parenthood affiliate. The disparate threads of this particular tale include the suicide of a pregnant woman, the gift of a bereaved inventor, smuggling contraceptive supplies across state lines, and sponsoring ice skating galas to fund the work." "Any Friend of the Movement breaks new ground in the history of birth control activism in North America. Meyer argues that private philanthropy and voluntary action on the part of clinics like the Maternal Health Association (MHA) and their clients vitalized the larger movement at its roots and pushed it forward."--BOOK JACKET.

0814209548 (hardcover : alk. paper) 9780814209547 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0814290345 (CD-ROM) 9780814290347 (CD-ROM)


101221126 DNLM

Maternal Health Association of Cleveland, Ohio.

Birth control--History--United States--20th century.
Birth control clinics--United States.

HQ766.5.U5 / M484 2004


2004 G-653 WA 550 AO3 / M612a 2004