Woman and the New Race

Margaret Sanger
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With A Preface By Havelock Ellis
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New York 1920
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The modern Woman Movement, like the modern Labour Movement,
may be said to have begun in the Eighteenth century. The Labour
movement arose out of the Industrial Revolution with its resultant
tendency to over-population, to unrestricted competition, to social
misery and disorder. The Woman movement appeared as an at first
neglected by-product of the French Revolution with its impulses of
general human expansion, of freedom and of equality.
Since then, as we know, these two movements have each had a great
and vigorous career which is still far from completed. On the whole
they have moved independently along separate lines, and have at times
seemed indeed almost hostile to each other. That has ceased to be the
case. Of recent years it has been seen not only that these two

movements are not hostile, but that they may work together
harmoniously for similar ends.
One final step remained to be taken--it had to be realised not only that
the Labour movement could give the secret of success to the woman
movement by its method and organization, but that on the other hand,
woman held the secret without which labour is impotent to reach its
ends. Woman, by virtue of motherhood is the regulator of the birthrate,
the sacred disposer of human production. It is in the deliberate restraint
and measurement of human production that the fundamental problems
of the family, the nation, the whole brotherhood of mankind find their
solution. The health and longevity of the individual, the economic
welfare of the workers, the general level of culture of the community,
the possibility of abolishing from the world the desolating scourge of
war--all these like great human needs, depend, primarily and
fundamentally, on the wise limitation of the human output. It does not
certainly make them inevitable, but it renders them possible of
accomplishment; without it they have been clearly and repeatedly
proved to be impossible.
These facts have long been known to the few who view the world
realistically. But it is not the few who rule the world. It is the
masses--the ignorant, emotional, volatile, superstitious masses--who
rule the world. It is they who choose the few supreme persons who
manage or mismanage the world's affairs. Even the most stupid of us
must be able to see how it is done now, for during recent years the
whole process has been displayed before us on the very largest scale.
The lesson has not been altogether in vain. It is furnishing a new
stimulus to those who are working for the increase of knowledge, and
of practical action based on knowledge, among the masses, the masses
who alone possess the power to change the force of the world for good
or for evil, and by growth in wisdom to raise the human race on to a
higher level.
That is why the little book by Margaret Sanger, whose right to speak
with authority on these matters we all recognize, cannot be too widely
read. To the few who think, though they may here and there differ on
points of detail, it is all
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