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Betty Friedan

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Madeline Strickland

on 2 December 2013

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Transcript of Betty Friedan

1. What do you see in the picture?
2. Can you spot any wordplay on the sign?
3.Do you see anything significant about who Friedan is speaking to?
4. What message is the sign intended to send?
Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique
The Feminine Mystique
Chapter 1:
1. What is "The Nameless Problem" Friedan writes of?
2. How did many American feel women should act and be in 1963?
3. What kind of action did Friedan want people to take to give women more freedom?
4. How do you think Friedan felt when she wrote The Feminine Mystique?
5. What do you think Friedan's goal was in writing and publishing The Feminine Mystique?

Friedan in Action
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Photo 3:
Talks With Betty Friedan
After The Feminine Mystique
On Life and Her Works
On the Second Stage of the Women's Rights Movement
In the Media
Betty Friedan: A History
1. Why did Betty Friedan write The Feminine Mystique?
2. How did Betty Friedan's beliefs change over time?
3. Based on what you know from the article, how is Friedan the same as people you know (mom, dad, aunt, teacher, etc.)?
4. How is Friedan different from people you know?
5.) What were Friedan's most important beliefs?
1. What does NOW stand for?
2. What were some of NOW's early goals and accomplishments?
3. How do you think MOST Americans felt about Betty Friedan in the early 60's? Why?
4. Why might Friedan think it is important to have Womens' Studies classes at universities?
5. At the beginning of the video, Friedan is pictured with various members of NOW. She was with white women, a black woman, a man, and a Catholic nun, all of various ages. Why might each of those people be members of NOW?
1. How did Friedan help other women take a stand for their rights?
2. What qualities did Friedan have that made her a good leader?
3. What biases do you see in the video?
4. Why did people oppose Betty Friedan and the Women's Liberation Movement?
5. How did the Women's Liberation Movement affect American law and society?

1. What do you see in the picture?
2. What do you think is happening in the photo?
3.Why do you think only women are pictured?
4. What does the age of most women pictured say about the Women's Liberation Movement?
1. What do you see in the picture?
2.What are some of the comparisons that the slogans on the signs draw?
3. Do you sense and biases from the creators behind these signs?
4. What do you think the purpose of these signs were?
5. Do you think these signs are affective?
1. How does Friedan feel about the Women's Movement after The Feminine Mystique?
2. What improvements does Friedan attribute to the Women's Liberation Movement?
3.How does Friedan define "family values"?
4. This interview took place in 1997. What things do you think might have changed for women since then?
1. How do you think Betty Friedan's upbringing contributed to her writings and activism?
2. From reading the article, what does Friedan attribute the rise in divorce rates to?
3. According to Friedan, what was her main goal or stance in the Women's Liberation Movement?
4. Based on the document, how do you think going to a women's college affected Friedan's desire for Women's liberation?
1. What do you think Friedan's "Second Stage" entails?
2. What qualities do you think Friedan has or lacks that made her arguments in the interview affective or ineffective?
3. What role does Friedan believe men should take in the further liberation of women and institution of the equality of men and women?
1. What did you see and hear in the news segments?
2. What are the various opinions that were voiced in the video?
3. What biases did you hear reflected by the news stations?
1. What do you hear Friedan saying in this interview?
2. How do the Women's Liberation Movement and the liberation of men interact and intersect?
3. What aspects of Friedan's appearance and presentation of information reflect the time period of the Women's Liberation Movement?
4. How was Friedan affective and ineffective in this interview?

A Narrative: Recap of Betty Friedan's Life
Full transcript