From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10–From her early years as a journalist through the publication of The Feminine Mystique
to her role in the founding of the National Organization for Women, and her more recent support for seniors' rights, this title describes Friedan's considerable influence and significance. The author does a good job of fitting the subject into the context of her time by clearly showing how she conformed and how she rebelled against its mores. She does not attempt to glorify, but presents a profile of a complex woman with strengths and weaknesses. This is an interesting book that will help teens to understand just how much has changed and how much women have accomplished in the last 50 years. The black-and-white photographs sprinkled throughout are poorly reproduced. A satisfactory selection for biography collections but one that is unlikely to be a popular choice for leisure reading.–Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Gr. 9-12. In this entry in the Feminist Voices series, Bohannon offers a straightforward, unsensationalized biography of her history-making subject. The chapters that follow Friedan chronologically through life nicely incorporate relevant cultural and historical background: there are brief explanations of Marxist and Freudian theories, as well as the Gestalt school of psychology, which had a deep influence on the young activist. Throughout, Bohannon balances frankly portrayed unflattering subject matter with Friedan's extraordinary achievements. A smattering of black-and-white photos illustrate, and a time line, notes, and a bibliography enhance the fine introduction to a twentieth-century icon. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved