The Pill and America

Historian Elaine Tyler May talks about how the pill changed America. In America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation she describes how women saw that the pill was about much more than family planning—it offered women control over their bodies and their lives, and it created a great cultural shift. She uses personal accounts of the early years and testimonies from young women today to illuminate what the pill has—and has not—achieved during its half-century on the market.