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America and the Pill - by Elaine Tyler May (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 214

Genre: Social Science

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books

Age Range: Teen

Author: Elaine Tyler May

Language: English

Street Date: September 6, 2011
TCIN: 77263274
UPC: 9780465024599
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1707


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.
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