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  • Elizabeth McDermith

    1917 Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, aligns with Margaret Sanger and smuggles diaphragms into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in womens hands. Later she funds research that leads to the pill.

  • Dede Stafford

    Katharine McCormick funded the research necessary to develop the first birth control pill. She had a profound impact on our society and women’s rights. THANK YOU, Ms. McCormick!!

  • Manawar Khan

    Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, plotted with Margaret Sanger to smuggle diaphragms from Canada into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in women’s hands (and were commonly used in other Western countries, though illegal in the US in most circumstances). She later funded the research necessary to develop the first birth control pill. She had a profound impact on US society but her name is little known.

  • Sabrina Deck

    1917 Katherine McCormick, first female biology graduate from MIT and millionaire philanthropist, aligns with Margaret Sanger and smuggles diaphragms into the US. Unlike condoms, diaphragms put control of fertility in women’s hands. Later she funds research that leads to the birth control pill.

  • Sharon St John

    Katharine McCormick, biologist & millionaire philanthropist | Amazing Women In History

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Katherine Dexter McCormick provided both the social justification and the money to develop “the pill,” in her quest to find a more reliable source of birth control than diaphragms offered. She allied with Margaret Sanger and helped support birth control projects intermittently for thirty years before sponsoring Gregory Pincus’ development of “the pill.” McCormick also funded the building of female dormitories at MIT in an effort to boost female enrollment.

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On August 27th, 1875, American biologist, suffragist, philanthropist, and all-around great person Katharine (Dexter) McCormick was born. She was the first woman to graduate from MIT with a bachelor of science degree, and in later years she used her substantial inheritance to fund research for the birth control pill. She also gave money to MIT to build the Stanley McCormick Hall to house female students because there  was not much housing for women and so her dorm helped to increase the presence