The Pill Turns 50

Posted By on April 26, 2010

I’ve got an article that’s been slowly bubbling in the back of my brain as I go about my daily activities, but it’s going to take me some time to get it into readable form. There’s a lot being said about the anniversary of The Pill this month — mostly by feminists praising it for how it “freed” women to do what they want without the “worry” of pregnancy. More on that later. Until then, here’s Albert Mohler’s take on The Pill:

The era of the Pill’s emergence was unquestionably already a time of major social transformation, but the arrival of hormonal birth control became an engine for much of that transformation. Specifically, the Pill was the chemical agent for making the sexual revolution possible. Though originally prescribed only for married women (even through Planned Parenthood clinics), the Pill soon spread throughout the population of women. Gibbs reports that only 400,000 women took the oral contraceptive in 1961. By 1965, the number was almost 4 million.

Nancy Gibbs puts a particular emphasis on the role of the Pill in enabling modern feminism. She cites National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill: “There is a straight line between the Pill and the changes in family structure we now see.” Women could now enter the workplace without fear of a career interrupted by pregnancy. Employers “lost a primary excuse for closing their ranks to women.”

Read the rest HERE. (Not for young readers.)

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Mrs. Chancey is the mother of 12 children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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