If you were alive, you may not remember where you were on May 9th 1960.
In my opinion, an event that day has had more of an impact on our country than any other in the past century.
That was the day the Food and Drug Administration first allowed the sale in the U.S. of the birth control pill.
Our nation was the first country in the world to permit purchases of “the pill”, and the impacts of that move have been seen in every aspect of our lives since that day.
Families have gotten much smaller, graduating classes are in many cases a third of the size they were in the 1950’s, and the number of consumers to buy things produced by manufacturers is a fraction of what it might have been.
Would our country have been able to support millions of additional consumers?
Would there be enough jobs to go around?
Would families be able to afford the multiple vehicles and vacations we want to take if there were 5 or 6 kids in the house instead of 1 or 2?
These are all questions that will be left to the people who study our society.
But I can’t think of one thing that’s impacted us more than a pill that became legal 57 years ago this week.
That’s the way I see it.