Philosophy, the history of ideas, and travel are three of my greatest loves, and I love to share them with you. So from time to time, I explore the lives and ideas of great thinkers through traveling to the places where they lived and worked. I follow in the footsteps of thinkers who are no longer living since those who are alive are still telling their own stories. But those who are no longer living in the body persist in the ideas that they pass on. Here are my tributes to them:
~ New York City
Margaret Higgins Sanger started her career as a nurse who worked with poor women in New York City in the 19-‘teens and twenties. As she saw these women struggle with the toll that large numbers of pregnancies took on their families’ finances and their own health, Sanger became convinced that ‘birth control’, a term she invented, was essential if these women hoped to escape poverty and sexual oppression. She opened America’s first birth control clinic and despite numerous arrests and fines, she continued her fight for reproductive rights. In this regard, she’s best known today as one of the founders of Planned Parenthood and a key figure in the development of the first birth control pill. Sanger also remains controversial. An ardent feminist, human rights activist, and advocate of sex-positivity, Sanger was also a eugenicist, believing that birth control was at least as important a tool for limiting the production of ‘the unfit’ (her words) as it was for women’s liberation…. Read more:
~ Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts
~ Paris, France
Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Jefferson were three Enlightenment thinkers whose work is central in the intellectual legacy of modern human rights movements, and who were heavily influenced by the French Revolution… Read more:
~ Virginia, Philadelphia, & Washington DC.
~ New York City
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in New York State and lived and worked many years in NYC, where she also died. Ernestine Rose was born in Poland and also lived for many years in NYC; much of her most important work on behalf of women and oppressed minorities was done here… Read more:
~ Edinburgh, Scotland
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