The Feminine Mystique

Recommended by David Maraniss, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #7 in Feminism, Ranked #22 in Gendersee more rankings.

Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed... more

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David Maraniss There is always that tension between family and career. Hillary’s life represents that. Betty Friedan’s book explains it. (Source)

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