The Feminine Mystique by B Friedan

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Landmark, groundbreaking, classic ― these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A new introduction by the bestselling author Anna Quindlen traces the book in her own story and how it was prescient on consumer culture as well as domestic issues. “Betty Friedan has been and remains a bridge between conservative and radical elements in feminism, an ardent advocate of harmony and human values.” ― Marilyn French, Esquire “One of those rare books we are endowed with only once in several decades, a volume that launched a major social movement …Betty Friedan is a liberator of women and men." ― Amitai Etzioni, author of The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of American Society

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Betty Friedan (1921–2006), a transformational leader of the women’s movement, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and authored many works, including The Second Stage, The Fountain of Age, and Life So Far. Anna Quindlen is an award-winning columnist and novelist. She left journalism in 1995 to write fiction full time and has published three bestsellers. She lives in New York City.
Published February 1, 1963 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 410 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Scholars have been doggedly chipping away at the foundations of Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” on the plight of American housewives.

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Reading Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique” for the first time, 50 years after its publication, a critic found that the book still has the power to surprise and unsettle.

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The Washington Post

When our daughter was born in 1965, my husband sat by the hospital bed, dutifully reading Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique," which had been published two years earlier.

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Huffington Post

The dawn of the modern feminist movement, the awakening of an entire generation to possibilities beyond home and hearth, a societal sea change documented by such icons of gender enlightenment as Betty Friedan, the Boston Women's Health Collective, and Philip Roth.

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The roots of modern day achievements date back to another era, yet despite the many gains and incredible advancements, women today still face the challenges of trying to combine successful careers with the still vaunted roles as women and mothers.

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American Thinker

The 1963 bestseller The Feminine Mystique is credited with starting the Second Wave of feminism that transformed the relations between men and women in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Michael Manley 19 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5