In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill. However, it was not until 1965 in Griswold v. Connecticut that the Supreme Court ruled that married couples were authorized to use the birth-control pill. Additionally, it took a further seven years in Eisenstadt v. Baird for the Supreme Court to rule that unmarried couples can use the birth-control pill, too. In 1974, most states passed laws that allowed girls aged 17–18 to obtain birth control without parental consent. Each of these landmark victories are a testament to the power of feminist organizing.
Author: Jacqueline Pelella