Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan

Her Life

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the women's movement leader describes her early activism on behalf of labor unions, her turbulent personal life, the success of "The Feminine Mystique," her founding of NOW, NWPC, and NARAL, and her rivalry with other feminists

Blackwell North Amer
There is no one in the women's movement more renowned or pervasive in her presence, more long-lasting - or more contentious - than Betty Friedan.
But what sort of person is she, really? Judith Hennessee has dug deep and come up with a story of a woman of many paradoxes, a woman who survived disastrous moments and who continues to this day to lead, to find new energies and crusades. Before feminism, she focused her activism on fighting for the cause of labor unions against big business. She wanted to be an actress. Her female friends notwithstanding, she was known as the feminist who didn't like women. A champion of the family, she had a lusty and violent marriage. Her husband, Carl, was the first to realize that The Feminine Mystique would be a success - but it was the book and his wife's fame that precipitated the breakup of their marriage. NOW, the first feminist organization she founded, was never meant to be all-inclusive. Friedan envisioned it as a group that would be able to work things out with those in power. Even though she was a founder of three of the most important organizations of the women's movement - NOW, NWPC, NARAL - two of them shunted her aside. And she continually confronted Gloria Steinem, her archrival, over the movement's direction.

& Taylor

A frank portrait of one of the key figures in the American women's movement examines her early battle for women's rights, her personal upheaval, and her continuing crusade and influence on American society. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679432036
Branch Call Number: 920 FRIEDAN, B.
Characteristics: xvii, 330 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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