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History Bookshelf: Stephanie Coontz

A Women's Liberation March in Washington, D.C. (1970)

A Women's Liberation March in Washington, D.C. (1970)

New York City
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Betty Friedan’s best-selling book, “The Feminine Mystique” was published 50 years ago, in February 1963.  Its examination of dissatisfaction felt by many middle-class American housewives led to a national conversation about women’s rights in America. In 1966 Betty Friedan was elected as the first president of the National Organization for Women; she died in 2006.  Stephanie Coontz, the author of “A Strange Stirring,” describes how Betty Friedan introduced the feminist movement to a generation of American women in the early 1960s.

Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:26pm (ET)

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