Anonymous asked: In the struggle for equality and social justice people often forget that a falling population means the remainder get a bigger share of the pie. I wonder how this has changed over the past century?
If you look at the book For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English, you’ll see historically women were mostly in charge of reproduction and fertility, until women were banned from being healers. (This is also an excellent book revealing the early history of the medical industry)
Not exactly a direct answer to your question, but I think going back one century isn’t far enough to get a perspective of the whole issue.
And there have been waves of pro-natal policies and anti-natal depending. The audio with Michelle Goldberg, link at the bottom of the article, has a lot of information about this history (and probably her book also).