The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

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W. W. Norton, Feb 11, 2013 - Social Science - 562 pages
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A 50th-anniversary edition of the trailblazing book that changed women’s lives, with a new introduction by Gail Collins.

Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th–anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.

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User Review  - Jennifer Daly - Goodreads

Though some sections are dated (particularly her thoughts on homosexuality) so much of her research is still relevant today. I was most fascinated discovering how options for women (and attitudes toward women) changed so drastically from the 20s and 30s to the 1950s. Well worth reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Lena - Goodreads

This book was super long but totally worth it!!! Friedan completely went through society one piece at a time denouncing it as sexism and harmful to women. Everyone interested in feminism should definitely read this book!!! Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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.

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