The British palaeontologist Marie Stopes

The British palaeontologist Marie Stopes

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Caption: Portrait of the British palaebotanist and palaeontologist Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958) taken in 1915. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at London and Munich. In 1904 she became the first female lecturer at the university of Manchester, England. She was a pioneer advocate of birth control because she alarmed by the unscientific way in which most couples embarked on their married life. She wrote many books on this subject of which the most famous is Married life (1918) where for the first time birth control is mentioned. The book raised a storm of controversy as did the first birth control clinic that she founded in London in 1921.

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