One Small Pill for Womankind: One Big Dose for the U.S.

1932 Words Jun 25th, 2018 8 Pages
Gregory Goodwin Pincus created the birth control pill stimulating a new tidal wave of women’s rights movements. From one small pill, new channels that were once dammed to a trickle became a mighty flood again. With the ability to prevent pregnancy without risking a dangerous abortion women found the strength to fight against male-dominated areas that were still left untouched from the first series of movements by their predecessors. From how long they were involved in the workforce to stepping up for their rights and changing laws, women came alive with a renewed ferocity with just one small pill. Once the pill, a reliable option, to prevent pregnancy was there women took hold of it in massive numbers. In 1957 the pill was approved “for …show more content…
Without the chance of pregnancy, they made the change to go back to work. These effects are seen in the numbers by the recorded percentile change in women within the workforce from 1960 to 1970. In 1960, women working during childbearing years (25-34) rose an entire two percent, working through the rearing years (35-44) increased by 4.3 and the women returning work after motherhood (45-54) swelled to twelve percent (“Labor Force”). These were significant changes but the one’s that came with the pill when it was deemed safer were even more extraordinary from 1970 to 1980. In 1970, close to half of women (45%) were working through the time that was deemed fit for matrimony and birth with only 6.3 percent leaving the workforce (“Labor Force”). Even though after twenty years in 1980 there were still approximately a twenty and thirty percent difference between men and women in the workplace it was still an amazing different to the fifty and sixty percent difference in the 1950s (“Labor Force”). From 1950 to the late 1960s it was a fact that women and the workplace met in few places, for only a brief time and very rarely in the general public eye. If seen in