c. 1965 American History Museum
A new birth control method gave women unprecedented power and revolutionized daily life
Author Natalie Angier writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
The drug’s impact was immediate and immense. By 1962, well over one million American women were taking oral contraceptives. By 1964, the pill had become the most popular form of reversible birth control, a position it retains today both here and abroad. Yet some historians dispute the common notion that the pill kick-started the sexual revolution.
Read more of Angier's essay.