When Mother Marched With Margaret Sanger

Born in 1905 in Zanesville, Ohio, Cornelia Smith began her church career as Director of Christian Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. In 1933, she married the Reverend Elwood Haines, who was later elected Bishop of Iowa. In the decades following his death, she rose to national leadership in the Protestant Episcopal Church. And in the 1920’s, when my mother was a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University’s Teachers’ College, she marched with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger to demand that all women gain access to contraception.