The American Experience: The Pill | 2002

A look at the history and effect of the contraceptive pill.
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American Experience

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Steward/Gazit Productions

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A look at how "the pill" can be credited with igniting a social revolution, and how this drug did more for women's equality than any other single factor during the twentieth century. Only a half century ago, laws in 30 states prohibited the sale and advertisement of contraception. Then along came outspoken birth-control activist Margaret Sanger, who envisioned a way to free American women from unwanted pregnancies. Interviews and archival footage interweave Sanger's brave crusade with women's accounts from the reproductive trenches, as The Pill expertly tracks this initially controversial medicine through its precarious scientific and social development.