US History Chapter 30 Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique

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Betty Friedan

1921-2006. American feminist, activist and writer. Best known for starting the "Second Wave" of feminism through the writing of her book "The Feminine Mystique" – an account of housewives’ lives in which they subordinated their own aspirations to the needs of men; bestseller was an inspiration for many women to join the women’s rights movement. She founded the National Organization for Women

The Feminine Mystique (the book)

1963 book written by Betty Friedan which attacked the popular notion that women during this time could only find fulfillment through childbearing and homemaking; described the problems of middle-class American women and the fact that women were being denied equality with men; said that women were kept from reaching their full human capacities; ignited the contemporary women’s movement and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States and countries around the world, written by Betty Friedan, journalist and mother of three children

Feminine Mystique

The myth that women were naturally fulfilled by devoting their lives to being housewives and mothers. Even though society dictated the importance of motherhood and housework – women wanted to explore their own talents and abilities outside of the home. Women were tired of the "sexism" of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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