Betty Friedan


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Betty Friedan
Bettye Naomi Goldstein
Birthday
BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States
Died
NationalityUnited States of America
Known for Reshaping the attitudes of Americans toward the lives and rights of women.

Friedan, Betty (Naomi Goldstein)

(1921–  ) author, feminist leader; born in Peoria, Ill. A summa cum laude graduate from Smith (1942), she was awarded fellowships for working toward a doctorate in psychology but abandoned this under the influence of what she would later call "the feminine mystique." She married in 1947 and for almost the next 20 years lived the life of a conventional suburban housewife/mother. (She had three children; she would get divorced in 1969.) As a result of surveys of female college graduates, she came to identify certain problems that women were experiencing in their lives, and after several years of research she published The Feminine Mystique (1963), an exposé of the traditional roles assigned to women in modern industrial societies; although not an especially profound critique, it became an international best-seller and is credited with generating the so-called second wave of modern feminism. In 1966 she was one of the founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and served as its first president (1966–70), moving on to other activities promoting the advancement of women. Through her writings, lecturing, organizational work, and outspokenness, she became one of the most influential feminist leaders of the late 20th century. In 1982, feeling that some individuals and elements of the feminist movement had gone off into extreme positions, she published The Second Stage, calling for a more balanced approach in the women's movement, and in 1993 she published The Fountain of Age, about the ways that older people can find satisfaction in their lives.
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Saffioti, mesmo quando tratou de temas que eram caros as duas grandes referencias feministas ate aquele momento, Simone de Beauvoir e Betty Friedan, cuidou de se afastar da posicao dessas pensadoras para manter seu marxismo intacto.
Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999).
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Du Bois, Joe Hill, Woody Gutherie, Tom Hayden and Betty Friedan, as "endorsing the univocal metanarratives of progress, nationhood and militant nationalism.
THE ANDROGYNOUS QUALITY OF HILLARY RODHAM Clinton, Nanci Pelosi, and other pantsuited, high political role models for the grasping career women of North America, may represent a belated victory for that great sixties ghoul, Betty Friedan.
Betty Friedan called Baird's work "irrelevant" and even launched a rumor, initiated in the New York Post in 1971, that Baird was a CIA agent.
And they didn't know that the teachings of Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan would morph into Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton.
While Betty Friedan spoke about the promise of fulfillment for the American 1960s housewife supposedly derived from her material privilege and maternal role, today women are told they will be liberated by technology as they have the ability "to mix and matchjobs or even to create their own self-employment .
Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique and mother of the women's movement, recently died.
You got three whole chapters on the subject, and they boil down to sayin' it can be a good thing to be nihilist if you're a man like Teddy Roosevelt, but always a bad thing if you're a gal like Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer or Kate Millet because then it's "denying nature.