Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig at 6:30PM on April 23rd at Karen’s house March 26, 2015

Filed under: Books,Past Meetings — Susan @ 4:36 pm

41D5iPx3YXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_University of Minnesota historian May hits pay dirt with this brief but lively history of oral contraceptives on the 50th anniversary of the pill. She places the pill in its historical context: coming in the middle of the baby boom, it helped fuel a nascent sexual revolution, a growing youth culture that challenged authority, and feminism. Drawing on an Internet survey she conducted, May offers a treasure trove of stories about a medical and cultural movement that convinced a whole generation of women they were free to take sex, education, work and even marriage when and how they like. Nearly 12 million women in the U.S. today take the pill—and take it for granted. I just couldn’t picture a fully functioning society without it! one pill user proclaims. Still, May (Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era) tosses away a unique chance to bring history to life by revealing in only a brief aside that her parents were involved in the early development and distribution of the pill.

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