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Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

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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 b ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2000 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published 1998)
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Daniel Horowitz argues in this carefully constructed book that Betty Friedan's commitment to social change was originally a product of her Old Left background. Contrary to Friedan's own later assertions, she had been a vocal leftist before the McCarthy era and, as a part of her radical activism, had long been attentive to women's concerns.

As a left-wing student journalist at Smith College, for example, Friedan (née Goldstein) had opposed American involvement in World War II until the Pearl Harbo
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May 23, 2013 David Bates rated it really liked it
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 work – the conscious choices of the author. Tracing Friedan’s time at Smith College in the early 1940s where she wrote anti-Fascist, pro-Labor editorials for the school paper, to her attendance at a two month summer program at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, to her work as a writer for the rad ...more
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Aug 21, 2012 Yellow Rose rated it really liked it
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 to force them all out in the workforce?), therefore in her teenage years and childhood years she read a lot and was involved in a lot of organizations she worked in the schools newspaper. This type of activity was also prevalent in her college years.

Betty had a lot of personal problems from which s
Freidan’s influential 1963 work The Feminine Mystique argued that the 1950s containment of the home, with separate spheres for men and women, was not a fulfilling life for her. Her personal experiences in the domestic sphere proved unrewarding. Horowitz reveals that Freidan was in fact a working journalist who covered radical women-led strikes in the late ‘40s and early 1950s. Freidan’s personal Feminine Mystique was in part a fiction that lent credibility and authenticity to Freidan’s arguments ...more
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