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Transcript of Betty Friedan
Mother gave up job to have a family.
Outspoken as a child, went against society views of a normal woman.
Smith's College, it was the first time she felt accepted at being outspoken and brainy.
Worked as a journalist.
Accepted a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
At the time she was dating a physicist who felt threatened by Betty's success and talked her out of getting her Doctorate. Betty sent out a list of questions to her class.
The 200 replies she got let her realize that many of those women were also unhappy with their life. Betty wrote how even in the 1960's, how a college-educated woman's life centered around the chores and children. Women were expected to do this and be happy about it.
"the problem with no name" as she called the unfilled feelings that lay in the minds of women.
Betty blames this feeling on the way society portrays women in media, the idealize image of femininity that she likes to call, "The Feminine Mystique." The Feminine Mystique "Mother" of the second wave of modern feminism. In 1947, she married Carl Friedan having three kids with him.
Unlike her mother, Betty did not quit her job and continued to write articles.
Carl Friedan got a new job, which required the family to move to the suburbs.
Betty continued writing articles but felt dissatisfied with her role as a wife and mother. Betty felt like this book was not getting her points across.
In 1966 a group of colleagues and her started an organization called the National Organization for women.
Betty was president until 1970.
The Women's Strike for Equality (August 16, 1970) was one of the most public actions of NOW's.
Lead by Betty Friedan tens of thousands of women marched down Fifth Avenue holding up signs. It was lead to Bryant Park, where Ms. Friedan, Ms. Steinem, Ms. Abzug, and Kate Millett gave speeches. Many people, even some feminist criticized
Betty, saying she was temperamental, and that she ignored the women of minorities, lesbians, and the poor. "It is superficial to blame the 'culture' and its handmaidens, the women's magazines, as she does. The fault, dear Mrs. Friedan, is not in our culture, but in ourselves." -New York Times When she wrote an article addressing the problem, the women's magazine she was working with refused to publish it.
Betty wanted to share her findings with the world. She decided to find more out about this situation.
This rejection and further investigation, led to the publishing of her book The Feminine Mystique. How does it compare with your expectation of marriage? To what extent do you talk to your husband about your deepest feelings? Is your sex life less important than it used to be?
At 35-37, do you feel almost over and done with sexuality? Or just beginning to feel the satisfaction of being a woman? Did you plan your children’s births?
Did you enjoy pregnancy? Were you depressed after birth?
Do you feel you are a good mother? Or guilty that you aren’t? Does your home reflect your taste, your husband’s or what?
How much time do you spend on housework?
What part of housekeeping do you enjoy? Detest?
Does your husband complain about your housekeeping? What does he do around the house? How many books have you read in the last year?
Do you read a newspaper every day?
What television programs do you watch regularly? NOW Died on February 4th, 2006.
On her 85th birthday.