Katherine McCormick is a Biologist, suffragist, philanthropist and the second women to graduate from MIT. She is remembered for funding most of the research necessary to develop the first birth control pill. She donated more than $2 million ($23 million today) to research into the development of the contraceptive pill, first licensed in 1960. Even after the pill was approved, she continued to provide funding for improving the pill.
Today, the pill is the leading form of contraception, used by millions of women around the world.
she was vice president and treasurer of the National American Woman Suffrage, and became vice president of the League of Women Voters after the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. She is also responsible for funding women’s housing at her alma mater, MIT. Her generous donation had an inestimable impact on women’s education in the sciences. It demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that at MIT men and women are equal.