The History of Reproductive Rights: A Syllabus
A selection of stories on the history of reproductive rights and abortion to foster dialogue inside and outside of the classroom.
Charles Knowlton, the Father of American Birth Control
Decades after Charles Knowlton died, his book would be credited with the reversal of population growth in England and the popularization of contraception in the United States.
A Short History of the Condom
Dating back to at least medieval times, the condom has taken a winding path to social acceptance.
Identity Politics and Popular Movements
Issues tied to gender have often been part of broad-based popular movements, like the Zetetic movement in early nineteenth-century England.
Covering Viagra, But Not Birth Control?
The different ways insurance companies treat Viagra for men and birth control for women show the inherent sexism and legal biases involved.
Margaret Sanger’s Eugenics Defense
Margaret Sanger's belief in eugenics stemmed from her interest in individual choice—an idea that brought birth control into the mainstream of American life.
Birth Control’s Slow Path to the Mainstream
A look at changing public opinion of birth control.
Debating Birth Control In Pre-Revolutionary France
Attitudes toward birth control in 18th century France.