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We know birth control is one of the greatest inventions EVER. Apparently, Bloomberg Businessweek agrees: The magazine just ranked the pill as the ninth most important invention that transformed the business sector in the past 85 yearsBloomberg's full ranking shows the magazine's take on the 85 most disruptive ideas that time — ideas that changed the world.

Since Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger coined the term "birth control" in 1914, contraception has truly revolutionized women's lives in the United States, and around the world. The timeline below starts that year and ends, 100 years later, in 2014 — as 99 percent of sexually active women report using at least one form of birth control at some point in their lives. 

Brush up on your birth control history, and see just how far we've come in 100 years.

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