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BOOK: Betty Friedman "The Feminie Mystique"

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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own.”

Our reading recommendation this week is Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique", which was first published in 1963. The landmark book is credited with helping kick-start the second wave of feminism that swept across the US and the rest of the globe in the 1960s. In the book, Friedan coined the term feminine mystique to describe the societal assumption that women could find fulfillment through housework, marriage, sexual passivity, and child rearing alone.