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The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

Author: Betty Friedan

Year Published: 1963

Description: Published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique galvanized a national discussion about the role of women in society by arguing the merit of work outside of marriage and motherhood.  The case it put forward, in the context of the time it was written, drastically altered the American workforce going forward. The foundation for the book was a survey conducted by Betty Friedan of her former Smith College classmates upon their 15th reunion, the results of which revealed overall discontent with lives primarily dedicated to housework and childrearing. 

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'It is wrong to keep spelling out unnecessary choices that make women unconsciously resist either commitment or motherhood--and that hold back recognition of the needed social changes.'

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