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A. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique



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A. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique

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Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, book, 1963.
Background information: In her best-selling book The Feminine Mystique (1963), Betty Friedan (b. 1921) explained that many middle-class women found their roles as wives and mothers unfulfilling. The book helped to spark a new wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s.

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. . . [O]nce she [the American woman] asks herself "What do I want to do?" she begins to find her own answers. Once she begins to see through the delusions of the feminine mystique [the housewife's perception of entrapment]—and realizes that neither her husband nor her children, nor the things in her house, nor sex, nor being like all the other women, can give her a self—she often finds the solution much easier than she anticipated.

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Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (New York: Norton, 1963), 338.





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