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Why

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The reason why the Pill and Legal Reproductive Control was the most important change for women is because, it had the largest and longest lasting impact socially on women in the 20th century in our opinion. Giving women the power or ability to choose when they want to have a child and were no longer restricted to relying on a male partner. In addition to that it helped people move away from more traditional and religious beliefs of being against things such as premarital sex. It acted as an equalizer of the status between men and women, especially in the workforce. The list goes on, had the “Pill” not have been invented, it would have been very hard for Women to gain equal footing with men, because of the fact that men before the 1960’s did not have as much to worry then women when they had intercourse. Moreover, many women went through tough times after having a baby they may have not wanted yet, and that women today may experience the same had it not been for the Pill and Legal Reproductive control.


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The Advantages

The advantages of the pill are quite straightforward. For one Women gained more control over their lives and their future with the help of the pill; they are able to perform an act of pleasure without having to jump into a huge responsibility and commitment they weren't ready for or may not want. Why should humans be deprived of something that is only natural to us and other animals alike? In addition to that, women in our generation have their own ambitions and goals that may not involve forming a family, or at least at the moment. Many may wish to further their education and find a place in society in which they excel at. Such as being a lawyer, chef or what have you. With the pill, they won’t have to feel the need to drop their dreams and goals, or put them on hold; instead they can have that option to do so or not to.




The Disadvantages


With the pill's growing succession, it brings higher promiscuity with the younger generations as well. Teens when they go through adolescence become more sexually active, moreover recent younger generations have become more sexually active than in past generations. There are other technical issues with the pill as well, such as not having a 100% effectiveness and that it can cause side effects on a woman's body for example bloating, nausea, and blood clots.
Who, What, and When
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The Pill was invented in the early 1960s, by a Chemist named Frank Colton, however the idea and came from Margaret Sanger and Katherine McCormick. In the 1930’s it was found that
hormones prevented Rabbits from ovulation, with this information; Margaret started to write the information necessary for the creation of the first birth control pill. During this process Katherine raised about 150,000$ for the project. In 1950, they met up with Gregory Pincus, he helped research into the matter. Gregory then worked with Frank Colton to invent the pill by synthesizing norethynodrel, which was made into progestin, the main chemical used in birth control pills. Thus the birth control pill was born.

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Life Without the Pill


With our current generations it may be a little difficult to imagine life without the pill because it has caused quite a bit of change in our lives and the fact that it is easily and readily available to us. Without the "Pill" women’s equality rights would have been affected in the sense that it may not be in the place it is now, or it's case may not have been as strong or impact full. The "Pill" proved that women were capable of holding jobs because they no longer had to worry about getting pregnant. In addition, without the pill, who's to say later generations couldn’t have experienced another baby boom. Without the pill, birth rates could potentially skyrocket once again which would then affect the economy. With mass overpopulation that could also lead to more child abandonment, overloading adoption centers, leaving children without parents and what is the purpose of having children if not to love and nurture them to form a better future? Without the pill women wouldn’t really have the choice of when they’re ready to take on that responsibility, because it’s near impossible (if not, entirely impossible) to ask an entire population to be abstinent; we are only human.

The Pill and the Workforce

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The "Pill" was invented for a number of reasons; other birth control methods were not effective and/or were dangerous, On top of that, more women started to have sexual intercourse before marriage; since women were having sex more often, pregnancy was a big threat, and women who were inflicted with being pregnant could be fired; which is what made it important for women to have a way of controlling when they could have children.
The pill is and was a safe, affordable way for women to avoid pregnancy after intercourse. The pill allowed women to find long-term jobs since they would not have to worry about being fired, however the pill was not only useful for women worrying about work, it helped women control their future in other ways. With birth control, a woman would not have to worry about becoming pregnant, because of this women could focus on continuing their education, which lead to a rise in women gaining a higher level of education, since this raised women graduation rates, equality was achieved in educational attainment.


The effect (from then to now)


Since the introduction of the birth control pill till today, there has been controversy around its use. There have been many effects on society since its first use. In today’s society over a hundred million women use the birth control pill; 12 million alone in the United States. Because of the “Pill,” women now had the ability to control when they want to have a child, and no longer were dependent on the male population, and could move up in the workforce. Another effect that has had lasting impression on society today is the topic of pre-marital sex. The age range of women who use the “Pill” is from ages 16 to 49. Back when the “Pill” was introduced society was more up tight and against premarital sex, and kept to more religious beliefs; due to the fact that at that time, sex was associated with the idea of having a child. But now on the other hand with the ability to control that, sexual intercourse was now considered as a completely separate idea from having a child. As we have said before There are still many speculations as to whether or not the “Pill” is considered safe for women to use, with the argument that using the “Pill” may lead to breast cancer, although there is no definite proof to lead either way. In the 1970’s there was a strong amount of people speaking out against the “Pill” as there was speculations that linked breast cancer and the “Pill” together.






LINKS:
http://www-scf.usc.edu/~nicoleg/history.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/women_shealth/7728971/The-Pill-womans-best-friend.html
http://omarkasule-04.tripod.com/id958.html
http://phys.org/news192254434.html