Carl Djerassi, one of the chemists who enabled ladies to have more control over their bodies by creating "the pill" has died. Bless that dude.
Dr. Djerassi (pronounced jer-AH-see) wrote books, plays and 1,200 scientific articles; taught at universities for five decades; created an artists' colony in California; and obtained a patent on the firstantihistamine. His work on the science of birth control helped engender enormous controversies and social changes, altering sexual and reproductive practices, family economics and the working lives of millions of women around the world.
Djerassi was known as "the father of the pill," but actually that's not totally accurate.
He did not invent the commercial birth-control pill, and was only one of many scientists working over decades who pioneered the chemical bases of what would become the pill.
But still, he was instrumental. And so shouts to Djerassi, who went up on a Friday, for allowing cis, straight women the opportunity to enjoy sex without only thinking about how they might be making a baby.
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