Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill


01 Jul 1914 --- Original caption: Mrs. Stanley McCormick of Boston, Mass., sailing on the Aquatania will represent the American Suffragist at the Suffrage Convention abroad. Mrs.McCormick took the place of Doctor Anna Howard Shaw who was unable to go. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Katharine McCormick made her mark in two different areas: She was a big part of the movement for women's suffrage in the U.S. And, she was a huge - and for a while, almost entirely forgotten - part of the development of oral contraceptives.

Mrs. Stanley McCormick sailing on the Aquatania on July 1, 1914. McCormick was traveling to represent the American Suffragist at a suffrage convention, having stepped in when the original representative, Doctor Anna Howard Shaw, was unable to go.

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Topics in this Podcast: women's suffrage, women's rights, heiresses, women, Chicago, suffrage, women in medicine, biographies, 20th century, eugenics movement, 19th amendment