A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

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Basic Books, Jan 4, 2011 - Social Science - 248 pages
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In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a storm of controversy with her bestselling book, The Feminine Mystique. Hundreds of women wrote to her to say that the book had transformed, even saved, their lives. Nearly half a century later, many women still recall where they were when they first read it.

In A Strange Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the dawn of the 1960s, when the sexual revolution had barely begun, newspapers advertised for “perky, attractive gal typists,” but married women were told to stay home, and husbands controlled almost every aspect of family life. Based on exhaustive research and interviews, and challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Friedan, A Strange Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice.

 

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A STRANGE STIRRING: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

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A sharp revisiting of the generation that was floored by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique (1963), and how the book is still relevant today.In order to understand how Friedan's bestseller affected ... Read full review

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perfect for my 1960s women project!! helped me so much! There are so many good statistics and helpful facts for my project! my whole project is pretty much from this whole book!!

Contents

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Acknowledgments
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Selected Bibliography
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Index
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Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College. Her books include Marriage, a History, The Way We Never Were, and The Way We Really Are. She lives in Olympia, Washington.

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