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America and the Pill

Annotation
In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as "the pill." Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning--it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. From little-known accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did not achieve during its half century on the market.

Awards
2010  ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards

GenreNonFiction
Feminist
Health, Mind and Body
Historical
Political
TopicsBirth control
Contraception
Sexual revolution
Feminism
Women
Women's studies
Baby boom generation
Sex
Marriage
Youth culture
Social change
Sociology
American politics