Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Breast Views Blog: Betty Friedan

It would have been 1983. Me fresh back to University after an 8 month backpacking trip to Europe. Worldly, free wheeling and pissed off from all the male grief I endured on my trip, I signed up for a Women's Studies course.

The reading list included: The Feminine Mystique, published 20 years earlier.

The author of that eye prying open book died on Saturday.

Feminist Giant Betty Friedan Dies at 85

Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking book (The Feminine Mystique) that helped launch the contemporary women's movement, died today at the age of 85. “Not only did her book define the problem of the lesser status of women, but she also had the courage to launch a movement and an organization, the National Organization for Women, to change that status forever,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and a former president of the National Organization for Women.

Ms. Magazine Story on Betty Friedan.

Sue Richards

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