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In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly kwn 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 rewned 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-kwn accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did t achieve during its half century on the market.
Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several books, including Homeward Bound and Barren in the Promised Land. She has contributed to Ms., the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and more. She is 2009-2010 President of the Organization of American Historians. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.