Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan
  • Born: February 4, 1921
  • Died: February 4, 2006
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Activist









Betty Friedan was an American feminist writer and activist. 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 co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men."

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The political power of women today is greater than they are using. Power
We can no longer ignore that voice within women that says: "I want something more than my husband and my children and my home ...." And work can now be seen as the key to the problem that has no name. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Society
Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
I was at a meeting two years ago in Beijing, and I passed a bunch of women who were marching in a protest. Their signs were probably saying something I wouldn't have agreed with at all. But I was so glad to see women marching. And it's happening all over the world. Women
It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all. Society
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim.
Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves. Women
Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive. Women
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! Women ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle