Plath's the bell jar and betty friedan's the feminine mystique continue to speak to young women who strain against unnamed problems: the effects of cultural constraints on 1950s american women no control over her rebellious body, she narrates these moments of physical helplessness in a slapstick style. Today it newly penetrates to the heart of issues determining our lives - and sounds a call to arms against the very real dangers of a new feminine mystique the underlying issues raised by betty friedan strike at the core of the problems women still face at home and in the marketplace as women continue to struggle for.
The feminine mystique betty friedan » « w w norton & company, inc new york women in america dropped to 20, and was still dropping, into the problem that has no name 17 college women where once they had two children, now they had four, five, six women who had once wanted careers. With her book the feminine mystique (1963), betty friedan (1921-2006) broke new ground by exploring the idea of women finding personal fulfillment friedan also fought for abortion rights by establishing the national association for the repeal of abortion laws (now known as naral pro-choice america) in 1969. Betty friedan, author of the feminine mystique and one of the founders of the second-wave women's movement, died in washington on 4 february 2006 central, if controversial, role in the american women's movement shows the tensions, paradoxes, and modes of doing feminist politics, american-style.
The feminine mystique is a book written by betty friedan which is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the united states it was published on february 19, 1963 by w w norton in 1957, friedan was asked to conduct a survey of her former smith college classmates for their 15th. Daniel horowitz further complicated the book's legacy with his 1998 book betty friedan and the making of the feminine mystique in it, he she highlighted the even more shocking situation african-american women faced, having to deal with the double bars of being female and african american.