Betty Friedan: Her Life by Judith Hennessee - PDF and EPUB eBook

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There is no one in the women's movement more renowned or pervasive in her presence, more long-lasting - or more...

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Details of Betty Friedan: Her Life

Exact title of the book
Betty Friedan: Her Life
Book author
Judith Hennessee
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
330 pages
Language
English
Published
March 16th 1999 by Random House
File size (in PDF)
1320 kB
Betty Friedan: Her Life

Some brief overview of book

There is no one in the women's movement more renowned or pervasive in her presence, more long-lasting - or more contentious - than Betty Friedan. But what sort of person is she, really? Judith Hennessee has dug deep and come up with a story of a woman of many paradoxes, a woman who survived disastrous moments and who continues to this day to lead, to find new energies and crusades.

Before feminism, she focused her activism on fighting for the cause of labor unions against big business. She wanted to be an actress. Her female friends notwithstanding, she was known as the feminist who didn't like women.

A champion of the family, she had a lusty and violent marriage. Her husband, Carl, was the first to realize that The Feminine Mystique would be a success - but it was the book and his wife's fame that precipitated the breakup of their marriage. NOW, the first feminist organization she founded, was never meant to be all-inclusive.

Friedan envisioned it as a group that would be able to work things out with those in power. Even though she was a founder of three of the most important organizations of the women's movement - NOW, NWPC, NARAL - two of them shunted her aside. And she continually confronted Gloria Steinem, her archrival, over the movement's direction.