Credit: CNN If you are a woman who uses birth control, has a great job, or even has a checking account today, it’s because of the hard-won victories of the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s. It’s hard to imagine an employer telling a woman she has to resign once she gets married, becomes pregnant, or simply reaches the age of 32, but this was the reality of women’s lives until feminists launched the Women’s Liberation Movement. Click here to watch this fascinating CNN series on The Sixties, featuring Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards discussing the revolutionary role of birth control in woman’s lives and our cultural landscape.
The Birth Control Pill was approved by the FDA in 1960, but it was not until Planned Parenthood of Connecticut’s Estelle Griswold challenged the law that birth control became available for married women. Of course, Planned Parenthood was part of the subsequent battle to make contraception and abortion accessible to all women. This changed absolutely everything. Women could decide when—or if—they wanted to become mothers. Their educational dreams were less likely to be derailed by unintended pregnancy. And women’s sexuality was no longer punishable by pregnancy or fear of pregnancy. These were revolutionary ideas, ones that were met with powerful opposition. But like its social justice counterparts—the Civil Rights Movement, the Farm Workers Rights Movement, the Environmental Movement, and the LGBT Rights Movement—the Women’s Movement made tremendous progress toward equality.
If you were active in the sixties, this series will be a meaningful and nostalgic trip down memory lane. If you weren’t there, you’ll find this an eye-opening journey into just how far woman have come. At the very least, watching this will inspire you to thank the women who paved the way for the rights we often take for granted today. Don’t stop there, though. Call us to learn how to become an advocate for women’s health. With the Supreme Court recently ruling that bosses like Hobby Lobby can decide whether or not their employees have access to birth control, we need you more than ever!