The Pill

May 9th, 2010 was the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill.  In a historical context, it gave women options for social and economic reasons.  It meant freedom for women to make private decisions regarding reproduction.

Alexandra Frean of The Times interviewed Claudia Goldin, who is a economic professor at Harvard University. In the article, Goldin states: “In the late 1960s the median age of marriage was 23. In the next seven years it went up to almost 26. That’s enough time to enable a woman to get that law degree or MBA or complete her medical training, safe in the knowledge that pregnancy is not going to derail her career.  Employers and college admissions officers changed their views of what women were capable of.”

The pill’s introduction in the 1960’s raised the number of women that entered the workforce.  Today, women represent more than half of college graduates.

In 1975, Loretta Lynn’s song titled The Pill was very controversial and some radio stations refused to play it. The lyrics tell a woman’s story upset over her ongoing pregnancies but happy to finally gain control.

Lyrics from The Pill:

You wined me and dined me

When I was your girl

Promised if I’d be your wife

You’d show me the world

But all I’ve seen of this old world

Is a bed and a doctor bill

I’m tearin’ down your brooder house

‘Cause now I’ve got the pill

All these years I’ve stayed at home

While you had all your fun

And every year thats gone by

Another babys come

There’s a gonna be some changes made

Right here on nursery hill

You’ve set this chicken your last time

‘Cause now I’ve got the pill

Is the pill something that women today take for granted?  I believe yes for those who have access to it.  However, access to the pill is difficult for some throughout the world.  As a result, poor women who are faced with the difficulties of poverty face limited options.

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