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From the Annie Patterson & Peter Blood,
creators of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks

"The Pill" by Loretta Lynn

The Pill by Loretta Lynn 
2011 video on impact of "the pill" on women's lives.
We lost a musical giant when Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90 last week. She pulled herself up by the bootstraps from musical obscurity by traveling around with her husband promoting her 1st single "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" (see below).

Many of her songs were controversial and banned from country radio stations, but still often reached the top of the country charts. The message that women could control their own reproduction was as radical then as (unfortunately) it still is now.

You can find lyrics and chords as well as background about the song on the Music Box below:
The Pill song page
Loretta Lynn's artist page
Many of her songs (like "The Pill") spoke to her own life experiences. "Don't Come Home a-"Drinkin" was another of her songs that was considered too controversial for many radio stations was about women standing up to their partners' alcoholism and demands for sex when it was unwanted. Again: an important song of women's empowerment.
"Don't Come Home a-Drinkin' (with Lovin' on Your Mind)"
as sung live by Loretta Lynn with
Jeannie C. Riley (who's big hit was Harper Valley PTA)
Don't Come Home a Drinkin' page
Sissy Spacek played and sang Loretta Lynn's part in the 1960 biopic of Lynn's life. 
"Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn
Sung by Sissy Spacek in a clip from the 1980 film. 
And it all began in 1960 with "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"....
"I'm a Honky Tonk Girl", Lynn's debut single at age 28
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