The Feminine Mystique

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The Feminine Mystique
AuthorBetty Friedan
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectFeminism
PublisherW. W. Norton and Co.
Publication date
February 19, 1963[1]
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages239
ISBN0-393-32257-2

The Feminine Mystique is a book by Betty Friedan first published in 1963. It is often credited with starting the second-wave feminism in the United States.[2] In the book, Friedan conducts a number of interviews with classmates, and finds that many of them were unhappy with their lives as housewives. Friedan had wanted to publish an article about housewives who were unhappy with their role, but no magazine would publish the article. The book has sold more than three million copies.

References[change | change source]

  1. Addison, Heather; Goodwin-Kelly, Mary Kate; Roth, Elaine (2009). Motherhood misconceived: representing the maternal in U.S. film. SUNY Press. p. 29. ISBN 1-4384-2812-X.
  2. Betty Friedan, Who Ignited Cause in 'Feminine Mystique,' Dies at 85 - The New York Times, February 5, 2006.