In the prosperous 1950s, there was a population that existed on the periphery of American abundance, burdened by poverty and more children than they wanted. Their husbands thought it was macho for their wives to be pregnant all the time. These women wanted birth control they could use without their husbands knowing.
Four extraordinary people converged and created a birth control pill that could stop ovulation: Margaret Sanger, Katherine McCormick, Gregory Pincus, and John Rock. In The Birth of the Pill, How Four Crusaders Revolutionized Sex and Launched a Revolution, written by John Eig, Gayle Hendrix superbly narrates the story of the contraceptive that changed lives.
Believe it or not, at the time the pill was being developed, there were states in America where contraception was illegal. Japan welcomed the pill’s creation before America. In the 1950s, when most Americans weren’t liked in Japan, Margaret Sanger was greeted with reverence. Contraceptive devices in Japan were named after Margaret Sanger. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not. Since Margaret Sanger pioneered Planned Parenthood, I’m going to presume she took it as a compliment.
The FDA is required to approve a drug if it works and doesn’t cause serious harm. On that basis, the FDA approved the pill despite vocal opposition. The Birth of the Pill is an engaging story of sexual revolution and power.
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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
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