A few years ago, Jill Lepore wrote an article for the New Yorker in which she observed:
“Planned Parenthood has a long and tangled and controversial history. It stretches back nearly a century. Its history can’t be Googled. . . although there are several terrific histories of the birth-control movement and biographies of some of its leaders, the history of Planned Parenthood hasn’t been written yet: it’s in the archives.”
I’m due for a sabbatical next year so I’ve decided to spend my time in the archives [here and here for starters] and get this history out there. [I sure hope Jill isn’t planning on doing this — or if she is, maybe she will be up for a collaborative project] The tentative plan is to write a cultural history of Planned Parenthood. Please send thoughts, good wishes, suggestions my way. Oh and if you do know of anyone else working on this please do let me know!