After Words

After Words: Elaine Tyler May, author "America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation," interviewed by Christina Hoff Sommers

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Historian Elaine Tyler May chronicles the history of the birth control pill.  Professor May argues that the Pill had two mothers: birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger and women's rights activist Katharine McCormick.  She argues that the most important change brought about by the Pill was for married couples, making it possible for women to plan careers.  Elaine May is interviewed by American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

About the Authors

Elaine Tyler May

Elaine Tyler May is professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. Professor May's books include: "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era,"  "Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness," "Pushing the Limits: American Women 1940-1961," and "Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States (co-author)." She served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 2009 and 2010.

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After Words: Elaine Tyler May, author "America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation," interviewed by Christina Hoff Sommers

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  • Sunday, May 9th at 12pm (ET)
  • Monday, May 3rd at 3am (ET)
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  • Sunday, May 2nd at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, May 1st at 10pm (ET)
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