It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women's Movement

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Random House, 1976 - Social Science - 388 pages
When Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique was published in 1963, the modern women's movement was born, her blunt and passionate words breaking through the veils of conventional thought that had shrouded women's inequality. Rarely has one woman, through writings, speeches, and personal leadership, been the catalyst for so much sweeping social change in America. As women of all ages have written her ever since: "It changed my life!" This book intertwines Friedan's most famous speeches and articles, never before collected, with personal memories; but even more, as recent events have forced her to reevaluate her own experience, it contains dramatic new writing that illuminates the history she herself helped make, giving new insights and raising new questions.--From publisher description.

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Contents

Angry Letters Relieved Letters 1963
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THE ACTIONS
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NOW Statement of Purpose 1966
87
Copyright

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Betty Friedan was born Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. The future feminist leader experienced anti-semitism growing up; this undoubtedly contributed to her political activism later in life. Graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology, she began her career as a reporter in New York City, and a few years later married Carl Friedan. The beginning of the women's movement in the United States can be traced to the publication of Friedan's first book, The Feminist Mystique, in 1963; it was instantly successful. Friedan wrote a follow-up to this book almost 20 years later, The Second Stage, in which she outlined issues that still needed addressing by feminists. She has also written a semi-autobiographical work, It Changed My Life, and a book about aging and society called The Fountain of Age. Friedan was a co-founder and the first president of the National Organization for Women. She has taught at New York University and the University of Southern California.

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