Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was an influential American feminist writer, activist, and a leading figure in the women's movement. She is best known for her 1963 book 'The Feminine Mystique,' which is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. Friedan also co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women into the mainstream of American society in fully equal partnership with men.


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  1. 1. The Feminine Mystique

    This groundbreaking book is a sociological examination of the dissatisfaction felt by American housewives in the mid-20th century. The author argues that women are not naturally fulfilled by devoting their lives to homemaking and child-rearing, challenging the widely accepted belief of the era. It explores the idea of the "problem that has no name" - the widespread unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s. The book is considered one of the catalysts of the second-wave feminist movement.