It was the early days of feminism and a year after the publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan
Forty years ago today, Betty Friedan
and thousands of fellow feminists took to the streets of New York for the Women's Strike for Equality.
Indeed, Betty Friedan
herself was engaged in left-wing activism in the 1930s and 1940s, and that activism shaped her political engagements in the 1950s and 1960s, as contributor Daniel Horowitz's influential biography has shown.
At 25 years of age, while living in the US, she read The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
In Western Europe, at least, women's circumstances improved and were not, Allen insists, as dominated by the stifling ethos of domesticity and political conservatism as many historians, inspired by Betty Friedan
, have insisted: "A more balanced account of the era calls these claims into question" (p.
In the cold war West of the 1960s the voices of Martin Luther King, Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan
, and Daniel Cohn-Bendit were merged into the New Left program for a global humanist and pacifist agenda, while the New Right's heroes of the 1970s (Friedrich August von Hayek and Milton Friedman) and 1980s (Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan) equated peace, freedom, and plenty with a unified and unfettered global market.
This is perhaps one reason that National Organization for Women cofounder Betty Friedan
took the stage at a NOW meeting in 1969 and announced that lesbians posed "a lavender menace" to the progress of feminism.
She died in her sixties during her lunch hour at an electronics-parts factory about the time Betty Friedan
published The Feminine Mystique, so my mother did not live to see that pride tarnished.
Indeed, it is especially startling to discover it in Playboy, whose interviews with figures such as Betty Friedan
, Germaine Greer, and Malcolm X sit uneasily alongside its pornographic images.
THE ANDROGYNOUS QUALITY OF HILLARY RODHAM Clinton, Nanci Pelosi, and other pantsuited, high political role models for the grasping career women of North America, may represent a belated victory for that great sixties ghoul, Betty Friedan
called Baird's work "irrelevant" and even launched a rumor, initiated in the New York Post in 1971, that Baird was a CIA agent.
And they didn't know that the teachings of Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan
would morph into Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton.
To describe as "Jurassic," just as an example, the type of feminist who took Betty Friedan
and Germaine Greer as her guides in the 1970s, and still respects their insights, is more than simply an insulting way to call such a person "dinosaur-like" or "old-fashioned.
You got three whole chapters on the subject, and they boil down to sayin' it can be a good thing to be nihilist if you're a man like Teddy Roosevelt, but always a bad thing if you're a gal like Betty Friedan
, Germaine Greer or Kate Millet because then it's "denying nature.
, author of The Feminine Mystique and mother of the women's movement, recently died.