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America and the pill : a history of promise, peril, and liberation

Author(s):
May, Elaine Tyler
Title(s):
America and the pill : a history of promise, peril, and liberation / Elaine Tyler May.
Other Title(s):
America & the pill
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
New York : Basic Books, c2010.
Description:
vii, 214 p. ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780465024599 (pbk)
0465024599 (pbk)
9780465011520
0465011527
LCCN:
2009046957
Summary:
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.--Publisher description.
MeSH:
Contraception/history
Contraceptives, Oral/history*
History, 20th Century
Social Conditions/history
United States
Women/history
Women's Health/history
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-199) and index.
Contents:
Mothers of invention -- The population bomb -- Bedfellows -- The sexual revolution -- A pill for men? -- Questioning authority -- The pill today.
NLM ID:
101582749 [Book]

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