From Time's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill:

There's no such thing as the Car or the Shoe or the Laundry Soap. But everyone knows the Pill, whose FDA approval 50 years ago rearranged the furniture of human relations in ways that we've argued about ever since.

Read the whole thing here. Even the third sentence is amazing:

Consider the contradictions: It was the first medicine ever designed to be taken regularly by people who were not sick.

Thanks for the link, Metafilter, where this story and other Pill commemorations were gathered under the title "Happy You-Don't-Have-To-Be-A-Mother's Day."

Absent from MeFi's wrap-up: "The Pill," Loretta Lynn's controversial hit of 1975, in which a rural wife celebrates the end of her days as a human incubator. It's amazing. Enjoy.