The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions

@article{Goldin2002ThePO,
  title={The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions},
  author={Claudia Dale Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2002},
  volume={110},
  pages={730 - 770}
}
The fraction of U.S. college graduate women entering professional programs increased substantially just after 1970, and the age at first marriage among all U.S. college graduate women began to soar around the same year. We explore the relationship between these two changes and the diffusion of the birth control pill (“the pill”) among young, unmarried college graduate women. Although the pill was approved in 1960 by the Food and Drug Administration and spread rapidly among married women, it did… 

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