Centre for Women’s Health, Gender & Society, in collaboration with the Victorian Women’s Trust present:
Comedian, Nelly Thomas
Author and columnist for The Age, Leslie Cannold
Senior Lecturer, Louise Keogh
Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust, Mary Crooks
In 1961, ‘the pill’ was approved for use by married women in Australia. Before then its development had been shrouded in secrecy because US laws prohibited the dissemination of information about contraceptives. Despite dire predictions from opponents, uptake was rapid and within a few years many women were taking advantage of this new opportunity to manage their fertility.
During the 1960s, sex outside marriage became more acceptable, sexual issues were debated in public, and sexuality could be portrayed openly in print and on screens. We now take for granted many of the changes that took place at this time.To mark 50 years since the introduction of the pill we will refect on the promise of the sexual revolution, the reality of what has been delivered for young women today, and our hopes for the future