Betty Friedan


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Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist.

A leading figure in the Women's Movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the "second wave" of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan founded and was elected the first president of the National ... more »

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  • ''We need to see men and women as equal partners, but it's hard to think of movies that do that. When I talk to people, they think of movies of forty-five years ago! Hepburn and Tracy!''
    Betty Friedan (b. 1921), U.S. feminist and author. As quoted in People, p. 49 (March 7-14, 1994). Katharine Hepburn (b. 1907) and Spencer Tracy (1...
  • ''It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.''
    Betty Friedan (b. 1921), U.S. feminist, writer. The Feminine Mystique, ch. 14 (1963).
  • ''A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all.''
    Betty Friedan (b. 1921), U.S. feminist writer. The Feminine Mystique, ch. 14 (1963).
  • ''The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.''
    Betty Friedan (b. 1921), U.S. feminist, writer. The Feminine Mystique, ch. 13 (1963).
  • ''If women's role in life is limited solely to housewife/mother, it clearly ends when she can no longer bear more children and the children she has borne leave home.''
    Betty Friedan (20th century), U.S. feminist writer. The Fountain of Age, ch. 4 (1993).
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