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Betty Friedan

9 Famous Women Whose Divorces Don't Define Them

Daria Snadowsky | Posted 10.07.2014 | Divorce
Daria Snadowsky

Imagine the stigma endured by the following nine lady divorcées, who came of age prior to women's liberation. Employment prospects were limited, yet they forged remarkable professional legacies that have far outlasted any societal backlash they suffered from divorce.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Serious Stuff with the Fluff': The American Women's Magazine Formula Keeps on Winning

Dr. Amy Aronson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Dr. Amy Aronson

If today's Cosmo is "capitalizing on the widespread interest" in "a buffet of light and heavy" that now "is an established formula for success," it's cashing in on a formula as inventive -- and traditional -- as the American women's magazine itself.

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.

Blair Waldorf Has The Best Role Model Ever

Posted 02.25.2014 | Women

Attention, world: Leighton Meester is a feminist, and she's not afraid to say it. The "Gossip Girl" star spoke to OOTD magazine about her recent c...

Women in Business: Q&A with Caryl Rivers and Dr Rosalind C. Barnett, authors of The New Soft War on Women

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Caryl Rivers is a professor of journalism at the College of Communication at Boston University. A nationally known author and journalist, she received...

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In a recent book, as in so many others, Johnny Carson is depicted as an uncomfortably cold and withdrawn human being.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.

The Problem Has a Name: Guilt

Megan Beyer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Megan Beyer

Ours is not our mothers' guilt, wanting more than what they were told to want. Ours is the guilt of having more options and not feeling at peace.

9 Things Women Couldn't Do In 1913 -- And 3 Things They Still Can't

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women

It's Women's Equality Day, which is a good moment to take stock of how far we've come -- and the areas of our lives where we are not feeling the equal...

The 'F' Word Worth Saying

Ellen Snortland | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

I recently received a spate of links from several women via email and Facebook about a Fall 2012 TEDx talk by Dr. Jackson Katz concerning the need for men to step up and address male violence and aggression. Katz isn't alone; similar sentiments are popping up all over the Web.

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.

My Road Less Traveled

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Being in DC last February with 50,000 others for the Forward on Climate rally was more than just a weekend trip, it was very inspiring and energizing. I look forward to hearing from the president and Congress on the pressing issues that brought us to Washington, including the Keystone XL pipeline.

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.

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.

Lean In or Get Out: Choices For Women on the Road to the Top

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.11.2013 | Women
Kathleen Reardon

There are many roadblocks to women's success. But the truth is that anything worth having is worth fighting for and it's going to take a lot more scuffles before we can say this battle is won.

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."

Why Write Women's History?

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.

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?

What Took So Long? Women's History From Those Who Made It

Martha Burk | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Martha Burk

February 26 marks the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary about how women took to the streets to transform society. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the series highlights women who have done extraordinary things.

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!

Are You Better Off Than Your Grandmother?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Women

Rebecca Traister | Glamour Believe it or not, it’s been 50 years since Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique" hit shelves. The book is credite...

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.

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.