Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards courted controversy when she recently sent the following tweet about the purported gender pay gap:
Fact: A University of Michigan study found that 1/3 of women's wage gains since the 1960s can be attributed to the Pill.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 28, 2017
The study she referenced followed 4,300 women’s careers based on their access to birth control since it was approved in 1960. It stated that the women who were able to obtain the pill saw remarkable wage gains.
Conservative pundits decried the study's claims as unfounded and Richards' message as overly simplistic and demeaning of the tremendous efforts made by women over the past several decades to narrow the gender pay gap. Additionally, Richards conveniently overlooked that fact that the Equal Pay Act of 1963, passed just three years after oral contraceptives hit the market, abolished wage disparity based on sex and contributed to an increase in women's wages.
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