Results tagged “anniversary” from Blog for Choice
Wow: it's been 50 years since the birth control pill was first approved by the FDA. What's changed since then?
By the 1970s the true impact of the Pill could begin to be measured, and it was not on the sexual behavior of American women; it was on how they envisioned their lives, their choices and their obligations. In 1970 the median age at which college graduates married was about 23; by 1975, as use of the Pill among single women became more common, that age had jumped 2.5 years. The fashion for large families went the way of the girdle. In 1963, 80% of non-Catholic college women said they wanted three or more children; that plunged to 29% by 1973. More women were able to imagine a life that included both a family and a job, which changed their childbearing calculations. As an Indiana teacher, 23, told TIME in 1967, "When I got married I was still in college, and I wanted to be certain that I finished. Now we want to buy a home, and it's going to be possible a lot sooner if I teach. With the Pill I know I can keep earning money and not worry about an accident that would ruin everything."
How do you think your life has been changed by access to birth control? Check out the whole article in Time to find out more about the history and the impact the Pill has had on women's lives in the last half-century. If you want to get geeky about it, you can read our fact page to learn more.
If you wanna watch more, here's a video of the author, Nancy Gibbs, discussing her book and the story behind the 50th Anniversary of "The Pill":
Images of stacks of VHS tapes started parading through my head. Visions of my computer exploding haunted me. But my biggest fear was how I'd ever pack 40 years of incredible history into three minutes or less. As I went through the tapes, I started to realize that not only have we made huge accomplishments in defending reprodutive rights, but we've also started talking about it in a different way.
Different, yet somehow, the same. Our three free.will.power spoken word artists (whether they knew it or not) took what has been said by pro-choice activists and politicians and transformed it into something new and beautiful. If you play their words back-to-back with past speeches about choice and Roe, it's the same ideas being said two very different ways. Cool.
So the final product is a blend between the past and present - the fighters who started the movement and the ones who will carry it forward. Here's to 40 more years of freedom, power, and choice.
Good morning pro-choice America... and Happy 36th Anniversary Roe v. Wade!
It's Blog for Choice Day 2009!
Be sure to take a moment to blog today on this year's topic: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?:
It's not too late to sign-up here.
Leave a link to your blog post in the comments section, and maybe we'll highlight it on our blog throughout the day!
Oh January! I love, love, love this month of the year. For starters, my birthday is in January. The State of the Union is also in January, and for a geek like me, that's political candy. And then, of course, there's NARAL Pro-Choice America's Blog for Choice Day!
Well, guess what, pro-choice America? IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! w00t w00t!
For the past three years, pro-choice bloggers have come together on January 22 - the anniversary of Roe v. Wade - to write about our reproductive health and our pro-choice values in order to celebrate Roe and to keep choice in the national spotlight.
And every year, it's been amazingly successful. Last year we had over 600 participants! (I'm exclamation point happy - I apologize).
So I hope you'll join NARAL Pro-Choice America and hundreds of other bloggers again this year for the 36th anniversary of Roe to Blog for Choice.
This year, we're asking people to blog their answer to this question: What is your top pro-choice hope for President-elect Obama (he'll be President Obama by the time Blog for Choice Day rolls around!) and/or the new Congress.
You can sign up here.
And don't worry, we will send you a reminder about the date and a link to your post will appear on the main Blog for Choice page. It's superbad.
Join us, so together we can ensure that on January 22, the blogosphere is flooded with pro-choice blogposts!