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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Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963; New York, 1974), 148-52.
and a founding co-chair, with Betty Friedan, of Women, Men and Media, a national group that monitors how women are covered in the media.
Jesus put his finger on the problem that feminist writer Betty Friedan called "the illness without a name": anxiety that stems from unfulfilled promises of joy arising out of ceaseless activity, and soul hunger for things deep, spiritual, and ponderable.
A great plan, spoiled in 1959 by Betty Friedan, who, bitter at losing her job after giving birth, went offend wrote That Book.
This symbolic annihilation of women from the big economic and political story of 1996 raises disturbing questions," said Betty Friedan, Women, Men and Media's executive director and co-chair.
In June 1975, weeks after Saigon fell, Betty Friedan led a large delegation of American feminists to Mexico City for an International Woman's Year World Conference hosted by the United Nations.
And non-fiction writers like Betty Friedan and Kate Millett (whose section in Sexual Politics devoted to Norman Mailer doubtless sparked his enmity) definitely had a huge influence.
Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Fuller, Amelia Bloomer, Wilma Mankiller, Phyllis Chesler, Mary Daly, Katie Roiphe, Rebecca Walker, and Cherri Moraga.
A few words about Betty Friedan, whose death in February at 85 brought a deeply troubled era to its natural conclusion.
BETTY FRIEDAN, 85, whose manifesto The Feminine Mystique laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement, of congestive heart failure at her Washington, D.
Some of the more recognizable speakers and essayists include Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Friedan, and Naomi Wolf; but what stands out most is the number of contributors who will not be familiar to many readers.
In one of the most shocking passages of her 1963 feminist classic, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan claimed that "the women who 'adjust' as housewives, who grow up wanting to be 'just a housewife,' are in as much danger as the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps.