Katherine McCormick, Woman Activist

Title

Katherine McCormick, Woman Activist

Description

When her husband passed away, Katherine McCormick became the heir to a vast fortune, and knew right away she wanted to use it to help women. After meeting with Gregory Goodwin Pincus and Dr. John Rock, she began to fund their trials for the first oral contraceptive. With their combined efforts, the FDA approved the pill and it became available to women across the country. She also created the Stanley McCormick Hall, an all female dormitory building for MIT that would house over 200 female students. When she passed away, her will left $5 million to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. With this money, Planned Parenthood created the Katharine Dexter McCormick Library in New York City.

Creator

Library of Congress

Date

22 April 1913

Source

Katherine McCormick

Source: Katharine McCormick. (2012, September 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 17, 2012, from http://bit.ly/RTkeG7

Relation

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Women

Coverage

Historic

Files

katemccormick.jpg

Collection

Reference

Library of Congress, Katherine McCormick, Woman Activist, Library of Congress, 22 April 1913

Cite As

Library of Congress, “Katherine McCormick, Woman Activist,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 12, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/62.