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It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women's Movement Paperback – April 14, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0674468856 ISBN-10: 0674468856 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1ST edition (April 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674468856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674468856
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betty Friedan has been and remains a bridge between conservative and radical elements in feminism, and an ardent advocate of harmony and human values. (Marilyn French Esquire)

It Changed My Life is a series of essays amounting to a thoughtful first-person history of the nascent feminist movement in the 1950s and '60s...[It is] perfect for mothers to give to daughters who 'don't get' feminism. (H. J. Kirchhoff Globe and Mail [Toronto])

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Betty Friedan was a founder and first president of the National Organization for Women, and convener of the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Abortion Rights Action League. She is author of The Feminine Mystique, The Second Stage, and The Fountain of Age. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Betty Friedan was a pivotal figure in the "second wave" women's movement of the 1960s and 70s. The publication of her book, _The Feminine Mystique_ in 1963 catapulted her into international celebrity. The book was a catalyst of change. Fueled by an economic boom in which a single wage-earner could provide a satisfactory standard of living for an entire family, post World War II women had been pressured to abandon the workplace in order to bury their identities in housekeeping and motherhood.
Many middle class women felt stifled by the false feminine ideals and enforced domesticity of this era, and it was their frustration and anger to which Friedan's writing resonated. She was an educated Jewish woman with three children, a journalist, who had lived the suburban lifestyle, but who was propelled by her sense of injustice to speak to the larger world.
_It Changed My Life_ is a compilation of old and new writings, interviews, magazine articles, and recollections ten years after Friedan and a handful of other women founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in a Washington hotel room. This book was published in 1976, at a time when the original energy of the "second wave" women's movement had been submerged in pro-lesbian, anti-family rhetoric, and the futile struggle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) had many people questioning whether feminism was dead.
Her exceptional and powerful writings prove Friedan to be an outspoken radical, a true leader of our times. She is a spokeswoman for the heterosexual woman who loves her children, but who also wants to be valued by the human race. Friedan spoke out against social and economic powerlessness for women, as well as false standards of "machismo" for men.
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