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ISBN-13: 978-0393063790 ISBN-10: 0393063798 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (February 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393063798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393063790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Feminine Mystique forever changed the conversation as well as the way women view themselves. If you’ve never read it, read it now and reflect on what our mothers and grandmothers were feeling at the time. It’s a great moment to celebrate this milestone work, which fundamentally altered the course of women’s lives.” (Arianna Huffington - O Magazine)

“Re-reading The Feminine Mystique, it exudes love for the human being, human spirit, and human potential. She wants mothers—indeed, all people—to "lean in" to life's work and not fear inevitable difficulties that arise when trying to "have it all" and juggle work and family. Overcome obstacles. Solve problems. Serve leftovers, she urges. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique 50 years ago, but today her wisdom still merits sharing.” (Nanette Fondas - The Atlantic)

“The Tupac Shakur of literary feminism, reincarnated at least once every decade with new insights that engender old beefs while at the same time serving as a reminder of why it’s a classic.” (Andi Zeisler - Salon)

About the Author

Betty Friedan (1921–2006), a transformational leader of the women’s movement, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and authored many works, including The Second Stage, The Fountain of Age, and Life So Far.

Gail Collins, the best-selling author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, is a national columnist for the New York Times. She lives in New York City.

Anna Quindlen is an award-winning columnist and novelist. She left journalism in 1995 to write fiction full time and has published three bestsellers. She lives in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

Friedan's book changed my world.
Marlo Faulkner
I recommend the book to all women, but especially 20-somethings, who are embarking on life and looking to build healthy relationships.
sandra lalonde
This is an important work that needs continual study so that women can continue to make strides forward towards true equality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Librarina on March 17, 2013
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What surprised me the most when reading this 50th anniversary edition of the Feminine Mystique was how much of it still describes our society today. People may think of the Feminine Mystique as a part of the past, but upon taking another look, you may find that more of it rings true today than you would have thought. This is an important work that needs continual study so that women can continue to make strides forward towards true equality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DeNisa Howe on March 12, 2013
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Awesome book. Revamped and brought back to us in the 2000's. The wonderful thing about life now; is we as women change chose exactly what we want. We can be at home moms and housewives and its okay if its what we chose and NOT what is expected. We can be career women or both. This book bring courage and gives a name to how the UN-named problem women had back in the 60's. They done as expected and were afraid to talk about or change what tore them down as a person and woman. Back then women dealt with "That's not very lady like or feminine." Now... we bend feminine to who we are it fits us not the other way around.
I imagine a lot of women read these pages in the 60's and seen them self there printed on the page and suddenly knew... they were not alone, there was nothing wrong with them. This edition still offers courage and acceptance to be who you are and not what others want you to be... Every teen girl should read this as they embark on life and who they are beginning to become.
I received this book via goodreads and was very pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to read and own and SHARE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on April 9, 2014
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Wow! I grew up when women were being told we could do anything, went to a university that offered women's studies but also had sororities, and never dreamed of women voluntarily accepting the time before NOW and Roe v. Wade. What a phenomenal book to read and compare to one's life and those of women you know of other ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandra lalonde on September 27, 2013
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This is a great book! I wish that I had read it years ago for it may have changed my life. I recommend the book to all women, but especially 20-somethings, who are embarking on life and looking to build healthy relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lewis on June 20, 2013
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This would have made a very good doctoral dissertation. I found it repetitive and difficult to keep my focus on the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T-Man1970 on May 6, 2013
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I purchased this book for my 15 year old daughter but read it first. Wow this book is an important read. Despite the fact it is about women's experience I feel the topic has relevance for a much wider modern audience who are struggling with identity and manipulation in this corporate based society. I am so glad I have armed my daughter with this book and its advice
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marlo Faulkner on April 19, 2013
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Friedan's book changed my world. In rereading her words with a marvelous update by Gail Collins, every woman will find something to salve her soul and to inspire the future.
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This book encompasses the struggles women face. . .even in today's day-and-age. However, it does leave the reader with a pervasive sense of paranoia and anxiety like many Feminist writers of this generation. Doris Lessing's The Summer Before the Dark comes to mind. Although this text remains a pivotal masterpiece, one must consider that individual choice outweighs societal and gender pressures.
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