Life So Far: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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It was Betty Freidan herself, in Life So Far, who spoke about her life and career and told us what it was all like from the inside. With the unsparing frankness that made The Feminine Mystique one of the most influential books of the century, Friedan looked back and told us what it took, and what it cost, to change the world. She took us on an intimate journey through her life, from her lonely childhood to the founding of NOW and her brilliant, contentious, and brave leadership of the Movement.

Life So Far chronicles the secret underground of women in Washington in the early sixties who drafted Friedan to spearhead an "NAACP" for women, and the daring of many who spoke out against discrimination. Friedan recounts the political infighting and dirty tricks that occurred within the Movement as well as the forces that tried to destroy it and how hard she fought to keep the Movement practical and free of extremism, including "man-hating." Friedan is equally frank about her twenty-two-year marriage to an advertising entrepreneur, which deteriorated into physical abuse. They later reconciled as friends.

Life So Far is forthright, full of stories and larger-than-life characters, and it is the scope of Friedan's vision and achievements that makes her memoir so important and compelling.
  

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User Review  - Renee - Goodreads

Interesting inside story of the women's movement . Took a while to finish though . Read full review

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opening days of NOW. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
13
two Discovering the Life of the Mind
34
three Becoming Political Becoming Sexual
55
four A Happy Suburban Housewife
86
FIVE The Mystery of My Writing
106
six It Changed My Whole Life
138
seven Starting the Womens Movement
164
eight Out of the Mainstream into the Revolution
180
nine The Enemies Without
211
ten Triumph and Treachery
234
eleven Travels with Emily
258
twelve Rules of Engagement
290
thirteen Shattering the Age Mystique
318
fourteen New Beginnings
351
Index
381
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A founder of NOW and a vanguard leader of the Women's Movement, Betty Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, It Changed My Life, The Second Stage, Beyond Gender, and The Fountain of Age. She taught at Northwestern University, Yale, Temple, Harvard, and USC. She died in 2006.

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