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The Feminine Mystique

Betty's Fate and the Birth of Feminism in 'Mad Men'

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa Miles McCarter

Now that Betty's story is literally ending, we see her going back to school -- but it is no coincidence that her efforts for self-fulfillment are going to be cut short.

Women on the Money

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The following women are among the 15 candidates that you can vote on to be the face on the $20 bill. All 15 have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

Travelling through The Feminine Mystique to Lesbian Feminism

Rachel Wahba | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

The Feminine Mystique didn't give me any makeup tips, it gave me a new map, a new consciousness to explore. It felt like a miracle when Betty Freidan landed in my mailbox, leading me back to school at a time where 'Women and Madness' electrified classrooms.

Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Jennifer Lee traces the fight for rights that now appear to once again be in danger. She also exposes the fissures within the movement, which continue to play out today.

Johnny Carson, the Thoughtful Side

Tania Grossinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Tania Grossinger

In a recent book, as in so many others, Johnny Carson is depicted as an uncomfortably cold and withdrawn human being. I beg to differ. My experience, which I first wrote about in Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived, found him to be anything but.

Demystifying the Feminine Mystique

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.02.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Despite more than half a century of evidence of women's intellectual competence and leadership capacity, some men continue to try to perpetrate the feminine mystique of women's inherent inferiority in the professions.

Think Again: Remembering The Feminine Mystique

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Few works in all of American history have enjoyed a greater impact, whether measured in political, cultural, or psychological terms, than Friedan's combination historical novel, manifesto, and cri de coeur.

Inspiring Each Other Forward

Mike Lux | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Yesterday, homeowners who have been royally screwed over by big Wall Street banks risked not only arrest but worse in demonstrations at the Department of Justice demanding that they start prosecuting bankers rather than the people ripped off by them.

Amnesia: Feminism's Poison Pill

Kamala Lopez | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kamala Lopez

Feminist historical amnesia might be fine if things were great for us now, if the battles had been won and stayed won and egalitarianism were the order of the day. But let's face it: these fights were never won.

50 Years of Women's History -- What Would Betty Say?

Martha Burk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Martha Burk

Revolutionary when it came out in 1963, The Feminine Mystique helped unleash the activism that became the "women's liberation" movement and pushed for equal social, political, and economic rights.

The Personal Is Political

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

In reflecting on the 50th anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique," Stephanie Coontz wrote that "readers who return to this feminist classic today are often puzzled by the absence of concrete political proposals to change the status of women. But The Feminine Mystique has the impact it did because it focused on transforming women's personal consciousness."

The Feminine Mystique of Beyoncé

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 04.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Viviana Hurtado

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan published the critically-acclaimed, ground-breaking book, The Feminine Mystique. The "mother" of the second wave of American feminism sought the answer to the question: Why are women unhappy?

A Feminine Mystique Makeover at 50

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Zooey Deschanel could endorse special copies of the book doodled up with unicorns, mushrooms and cat eyeglasses. Hey gang! Feminism is cool! Sexism is a drag. Let's dance like robots, like lady robots!

Wow! The Feminine Mystique is 50!

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Margery Leveen Sher

I read Friedan's book in my early 20s, and I credit it with changing my life. I credit it with awakening me to my potential.

Choice and The Feminine Mystique 50 Years Later

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

February 19, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique -- a book that has undisputedly changed the lives of countless women and society as a whole.

Making the Personal Political

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here's a hint: If you're a woman living in America, it's still pretty far out of reach.

Feminine Mystique, 50 Years Later

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Betty Friedan began the conversation for equal opportunity for women. It is our charge to continue her work for gender equality throughout the world.

The Feminine Mystique and Women's Equality -- 50 Years Later

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.20.2013 | Books
Peter Dreier

Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique -- published 50 years ago this week -- catalyzed the modern feminist movement and catapulted its author into becoming an influential and controversial public figure.

Would Betty Friedan Be Celebrating?

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Gabrielle Burton

Sooner than I ever imagined. The something that comes cannonballin' out of the sky when you get older is that you wake up one day and things that were just your experiences, your memories, your life, have become history. It's a surreal feeling.

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

More Than Vintage: Wives With Beehives Promotes Out-of-Date Ideals

Aleida Fernandez | Posted 03.05.2013 | TV
Aleida Fernandez

It depresses me to think that people -- especially women -- in the 21st century believe that these out-of-date gender roles should be reintroduced as the norm. And It depresses me even further that TLC felt like this was an appropriate show to air.

Despite Partisan Differences in America, the Job of Raising Children Rises Above

Michael Zacka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Zacka

In the final days of the election, it's easy to forget that Americans unite around some very common themes. Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, given the positive media response to their speeches, hit at the heart of one of America's most important 'jobs,' namely raising children.

What's Really Holding Women Back

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Somewhere along the timeline of women's liberation, the message that we can have it all morphed into an oppressive belief that we should be able to do it all.

Me, A Cosmo Girl?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

"Good girls go to Heaven, but bad girls go everywhere." So said Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan and game changer for women.

A Woman's Place is... Where?

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.28.2012 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

It was 1976. The front page of every newspaper was ablaze with reports about something called Women's Liberation. I was caught in the vortex of this revolutionary upheaval.