The Pill is Mightier Than the Sword

Document Type : Perspective


The OASIS Initiative, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA


One determinant of peace is the role of women in society. Some studies suggest that a young age structure, also known as a “youth bulge” can facilitate conflict. Population growth and age structure are factors amenable to change in a human rights context. We propose that policies which favor voluntary family planning and the education of women can ameliorate the global burden of disease associated with conflict and terrorism.


Commentaries Published on this Paper

  • Women’s Education and World Peace: A Feminist Dream Comes True; Comment on “The Pill Is Mightier Than the Sword”

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  • The Pill vs. the Sword: Additional Considerations; Comment on “The Pill Is Mightier Than the Sword”

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  • A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning; Comment on “The Pill Is Mightier Than the Sword”

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  • Bomb or Boon: Linking Population, People and Power in Fragile Regions; Comment on “The Pill Is Mightier Than the Sword”

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Authors’ Response to the Commentaries

  • The Pill Really Can Be Mightier Than the Sword: A Response to Recent Commentaries

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