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    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!!

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

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    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.

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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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