Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota and a past president of the OAH and the American Studies Association. Her books include Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy (2017); America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (2010); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1988, new edition 2017); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (1997); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (1996); and Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (1980). She has also written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Daily Beast, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among others.
This lecture examines the impact of the birth control pill since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960, up to the present. The presentation looks at the social, political and cultural life of the pill, and the ordinary as well as famous women and men who shaped its history.