Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique begins with an introduction describing what Friedan called "the problem that has no name"—the widespread unhappiness of women in the s and early s. It discusses the lives of several housewives from around the United States who were unhappy despite living in material comfort and being married with children.
Activism in the women's movement[ edit ] National Organization for Women[ edit ] Billington, Friedan, Ireton, and Rawalt  In Friedan co-founded, and became the first president of the National Organization for Women.
NOW lobbied for enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of and the Equal Pay Act ofthe first two major legislative victories of the movement, and forced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to stop ignoring, and start treating with dignity and urgency, claims filed involving sex discrimination.
They successfully campaigned for a Executive Order extending the same affirmative action granted to blacks to women, and for a EEOC decision ruling illegal sex-segregated help want ads, later upheld by the Supreme Court.
NOW was vocal in support of the legalization of abortion, an issue that divided some feminists. Also divisive in the s among Feminine mystique was the Equal Rights Amendmentwhich NOW fully endorsed; by the s, women and labor unions opposed to ERA warmed up to it and began to support it fully.
NOW also lobbied for national daycare. For example, the Oak Room held men-only lunches on weekdays untilwhen Friedan and other members of NOW staged a protest. Women's Strike for Equality[ edit ] In back then, with Friedan leading the cause, was instrumental in the U.
Senate's rejection of President Richard M.
Nixon 's Supreme Feminine mystique nominee G. Harrold Carswellwho had opposed the Civil Rights Act granting among other things women workplace equality with men. On August 26,the 50th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Amendment to the ConstitutionFriedan organized the national Women's Strike for Equalityand led a march of an estimated 20, women in New York City.
All kinds of women's groups all over the country will be using this week on August 26 particularly, to point out those areas in women's life which are still not addressed.
For example, a question of equality before the law; we are interested in the equal rights amendment. The question of child care centers which are totally inadequate in the society, and which women require, if they are going to assume their rightful position in terms of helping in decisions of the society.
The question of a women's right to control her own reproductive processes, that is, laws prohibiting abortion in the state or putting them into criminal statutes; I think that would be a statute that we would [be] addressing ourselves to. Others will be writing things that will help them to define where they want to go.
Some will be pressuring their Senators and their Congressmen to pass legislations that affect women. I don't think you can come up with any one point, women will be doing their own thing in their own way.
Sacks, Pauli Murray, Dr. Harold Carswellwhose record of racial discrimination and antifeminism made him unacceptable and unfit to sit on the highest court in the land to virtually everyone in the civil rights and feminist movements. Friedan's impassioned testimony before the Senate helped sink Carswell's nomination.
That year at the DNC Friedan played a very prominent role and addressed the convention, although she clashed with other women, notably Steinem, on what should be done there, and how.
As early asvery early in the movement, and only a year after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, Friedan appeared on television to address the fact the media was, at that point, trying to dismiss the movement as a joke and centering argument and debate around whether or not to wear bras and other issues considered ridiculous.
She tried to lessen the focuses on abortion, as an issue already won, and on rape and pornography, which she believed most women did not consider to be high priorities. She said, "the whole idea of homosexuality made me profoundly uneasy". Yes, I suppose you have to say that freedom of sexual choice is part of that, but it shouldn't be the main issue….
I'm not adverse to a boycott, but I don't think they should be suppressed. Judith Hennessee Betty Friedan: Horowitz explored Friedan's engagement with the women's movement before she began to work on The Feminine Mystique  and pointed out that Friedan's feminism did not start in the s but even earlier, in the s.
Feminist Blau wrote of the feminist movement's influence on Friedan's personal and professional life. The story of Betty Friedan, went deep into Friedan's personal life and wrote about her relationship with her mother.
Focusing on interviews that relate to Friedan's views on men, women and the American Family, Sheman traced Friedan's life with an analysis of The Feminine Mystique. Women Who Make Americaabout the women's movement.The Feminine Mystique: The Feminine Mystique, a landmark book by feminist Betty Friedan published in that described the pervasive dissatisfaction among women in mainstream American society in the post-World War II period.
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The Feminine Mystique: The Feminine Mystique, a landmark book by feminist Betty Friedan published in that described the pervasive dissatisfaction among women in mainstream American society in the post-World War II period. She coined the term feminine mystique to describe the societal assumption that women could find.