It changed my life : writings on the women's movement

Friedan, Betty

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  • Creator Betty Friedan
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Random House, [1976] ©1976
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 0394463986, 9780394463988
  • OCLC ocm02136397


  • When Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique was published in 1963, the modern women's movement was born, her blunt and passionate words breaking through the veils of conventional thought that had shrouded women's inequality. Rarely has one woman, through writings, speeches, and personal leadership, been the catalyst for so much sweeping social change in America. As women of all ages have written her ever since: "It changed my life!" This book intertwines Friedan's most famous speeches and articles, never before collected, with personal memories; but even more, as recent events have forced her to reevaluate her own experience, it contains dramatic new writing that illuminates the history she herself helped make, giving new insights and raising new questions.--From publisher description.


  • pt. 1: Consciousness : breaking through the feminine mystique. The way we were--1949 (1974) ; Angry letters, relieved letters (1963) ; Woman : the fourth dimension (1964) ; Television and the feminine mystique The crisis in women's identity (1964) -- pt. 2: The actions : organizing the women's movement for equality. NOW statement of purpose (1966) ; "The first year" : the President's report to NOW, 1967 ; "Our revolution is unique" : excerpt from the President's report to NOW, 1968 ; "Tokenism and the pseudo-radical copout" (1969) ; Abortion : a woman's civil right Judge Carswell and the "sex plus" doctrine (1970) ; Call to women's strike for equality Strike Day, August 26th 1970 ; Critique of sexual politics "The next step" : the National Women's Political Caucus (1971) -- pt. 3: Betty Friedan's notebook : struggling for personal truth (1971-1973) -- pt. 4: Transcending polarities : new power in the world. Madame Prime Minister A visit with Pope Paul A dialogue with Simone de Beauvoir (1975) ; The crises of divorce An open letter to true men Scary doings in Mexico City (1975) -- pt. 5: An open letter to the Women's Movement, 1976
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