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Women of the Hall

Year Honored: 1993
Birth: 1921 - Death: 2006
Born In: Illinois, United States of America
Died In: District of Columbia, United States of America
Achievements: Humanities
Educated In: Illinois, Massachusetts, California
Schools Attended: Smith College, University of California at Berkeley
Worked In: New York, District of Columbia

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Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan has been central to the reshaping of American attitudes toward women's lives and rights. Through decades of social activism, strategic thinking and powerful writing, Friedan is one of contemporary society's most effective leaders. Friedan's l963 book, The Feminine Mystique, detailed the frustrating lives of countless American women who were expected to find fulfillment primarily through the achievements of husbands and children. The book made an enormous impact, triggering a period of change that continues today. Friedan has been central to this evolution for women, through lectures and writing (It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women's Movement in 1976 and The Second Stage in 1981). She was a founder of the National Organization for Women, a convener of the National Women's Political Caucus, and a key leader in the struggle for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Friedan published her latest book, The Fountain of Aging in Fall, 1993 and is co-chair of Women, Men and Media, a gender-based research organization that conducts research on gender and the media.
Additional Sources:
Hennessee, Judith Adler. Betty Freidan: her life New York: Randon House, c1999. NOTES: Includes bibliographical references (p.[309]-312) and index.

Horowitz, Daniel. Betty Friedan and the making of the feminine mystique: the American left, the cold and modern feminism. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, c1998 NOTES: ""Culture, politics , and the cold war"" series. Includes bibliographical references (p.257-329) and index.

Edited by: Janann Sherman. Interviews with Betty Fridan. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.

Edited by: Brigid O'Farrell. Beyond Gender: the new politics of work and family. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press: Baltimore: Distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press, c1997. NOTES: Includes index.The Feminine Mystique. New York: Norton, 1963.

The Feminie Mystique. New York: Norton, 1963.

It Changed My Life: writings on the women's movement. New York: Randon House, 1976. The second Stage. New York: Summit Books, 1981.

The Fountain of Age New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Life so far. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Papers 1933-1980. Ca. 62 boxes, 77 audio recordings, 7 video, recordings, 7 phonorecords, and 44 folders. Also: Addenda 1952-1993. Radcliffe College, The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America Cambridge, Massachusetts.
National Women's Hall Event in Chicago