"they preached the inventions of Marie Stopes"
Copy of the 1st edition of 'Married Love'
Public DomainCopy of the 1st edition of 'Married Love' - Credit: Marie Stopes

Edinburgh-born Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958) was one of the pioneers of birth control (contraception) for British women.

In 1918 she published a book about sex and marriage called Married Love (which was an immediate best-seller) and a book on birth control called Wise Parenthood.

She opened the UK's first birth control clinic in North London in 1921.

Although admired as a feminist and promoter of women's rights, she has also been criticised for her support of the eugenics movement as evidenced in her book Radiant Motherhood (1920).