Challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Betty Friedan's bestselling book,The Feminine Mystique, historian Stephanie Coontz re-examines the dawn of the 1960s (when the sexual revolution had barely begun) and brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice.… (more)
In loving memory of my mother, Patricia Waddington
Nearly half a century after its publication, Betty Freidan's 1963 best seller, The Feminine Mystique, still generates extreme reactions, both pro and con. (Introduction)
On December 22, 1962, one month before The Feminine Mystique hit the bookstores, the Saturday Evening Post published a cover article purporting to offer a portrait of the typical American woman. (chapter 1)
Today that goal is even more relevant than when she wrote The Feminine Mystique.