Betty Friedan and the Making of The Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

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University of Massachusetts Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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Ever since the 1963 publication of her landmark book, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan has insisted that her commitment to women's rights grew out of her experiences as an alienated suburban housewife. Yet as Daniel Horowitz persuasively demonstrates in this illuminating and provocative biography, the roots of Friedan's feminism run much deeper than she has led us to believe.

Drawing on an impressive body of new research -- including Friedan's own papers -- Horowitz traces the development of Friedan's feminist outlook from her childhood in Peoria, Illinois, through her wartime years at Smith College and Berkeley, to her decade-long career as a writer for two of the period's most radical labor journals, the Federated Press and the United Electrical Workers' UE News. He further shows that even after she married and began to raise a family, Friedan continued during the 1950s to write and work on behalf of a wide range of progressive social causes.

By resituating Friedan within a broader cultural context, and by offering a fresh reading of The Feminine Mystique against that background, Horowitz not only overturns conventional ideas about "second wave" feminism but also reveals long submerged links to its past.

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Review: Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

User Review  - David Bates - Goodreads

In an exploration published in 1998 of Betty Friedan's past and the early drafts of The Feminine Mystique Daniel Horowitz found what he believed was an explanation for the narrow class bias of the ... Read full review

Review: Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

User Review  - Yellow Rose - Goodreads

This book outlines her life from her birth in Peoria Illinois. She was not "feminine" and not well liked by her peers not even her own mother(maybe that explains why she hated women so much and wanted ... Read full review

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Introduction
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Peoria 192138
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An Education
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Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Daniel Horowitz, professor of American studies and history at Smith College, is author of "The Morality of Spending: Attitudes Toward the Consumer Society in America, 1875-1940".

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