Full caption: “The Complete Dainty Maid Outfit.” Advertisement, n.d. Margaret Sanger Papers (container 252). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-38919-8. Full caption: “The Complete Dainty Maid Outfit.” Advertisement, n.d. Margaret Sanger Papers (container 252). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-38919-8.

Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966), a public health nurse, was arrested in October 1916 after opening the first American birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York, in violation of state law prohibiting the distribution of contraceptive information. A leader in both the national and international birth control movements, Sanger assembled a collection of personal papers and organizational records documenting her long struggle for women's reproductive rights. Like many of her contemporaries, she retained all kinds of printed matter accumulated during her career, including pamphlets like this one relating to women's gynecological health and hygiene.

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