#ThrowbackThursday: Dhanvanthi Rama Rau

Elise Ottesen-Jensen, Margaret Sanger and Dhanvanthi Rama Rau 1953

Elise Ottesen-Jensen, Margaret Sanger and Dhanvanthi Rama Rau in 1953

I stumbled upon Dhanvanthi Rama Rau yesterday, and learned a little about her work. She founded and was president of the Family Planning Association of India, and lobbied for birth control and family planning measures after India gained independence in 1947. She later served as president for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Here’s a photo of Rau (right) speaking with American birth control advocate Margaret Sanger (middle) and Norwegian-Swedish sex educator Elise Ottesen-Jensen in 1953.

 

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