The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
This is not dry history. The story of both the creation of the birth control pill and the fight to make it mainstream are filled with mischief and mayhem. There were many lies and backdoor deals but all in the name of autonomy for women. Which, in this independent woman's mind, is an extremely worthy cause. And, as with anything involving Margaret Sanger, the ends justifies the means. The book is finely researched as the author was able to talk to everyone close to the innovators such as Laura, the daughter of Gregory Pincus, the lead scientist. She handed over many personal letters and diaries. I think access to this stuff allowed Eig to draw a more sympathetic character of the deeply complicated man. If you read The Secret History of Wonder Woman and loved it I suggest this as your next non-fiction pick. I found it as readable and thoughtful on a feminist topic.