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

  title={The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions},
  author={C. Goldin and L. Katz},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={730 - 770}
  • C. Goldin, L. Katz
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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