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The development and history of the creation of the contraceptive pill was one of the most important developments in women's reproductive health (and freedom) of the 20th century. The pill was argued and debated with great fervor for many decades before its final approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in May 1960. Produced by the American Experience series (a part of PBS's regular program), this website explores some of the issues surrounding the creation of the pill, and the many different ways in which it transformed the lives of women, and American culture more broadly. On the site, visitors can read a complete transcript of the original program, peruse primary sources (such as the notice for Margaret Sanger's first birth control clinic),and take a look at a list of further reading materials. The special features section is equally well-developed, as it contains an online poll, a virtual demonstration of how the pill works, and a question and answer area, with responses posted by Daniela Carusi, M.D., the director of generally gynecology at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. As an added feature, visitors may also look through a selection of fifteen different historical versions of the pill (and their packaging materials) from the U.S. and other parts of the world.
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