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Perspectives

Article Title

Grandma's "Pill"

Publication Date

5-1-2013

Abstract

This is a qualitative study that explores the experiences of women and the creation of the birth control pill. The study results from interviews with three women over the age of sixty-five, all of which were of reproductive age during the unveiling of the contraceptive pill in the United States. Results from the study suggest that the creation of the pill was an empowering historical event for womanhood in the United States. This paper explores the multifaceted freedom that the pill brought to women during the mid to late 20th century, and also suggests that the introduction of the contraceptive pill empowered women in a way that was generationally-unique and unknown by today's typical young women. Results call attention to the controversies surrounding women's reproductive health rights and their importance in modern day politics and life.

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