Friedan, Betty

(b. 1921) American feminist. Friedan was born in Peoria, Illinois and educated at Smith College. Her book The feminine Mystique (1963), which famously identified ‘the problem that has no name’ is widely considered to have triggered the second wave of 20th-century feminism. Friedan memorably likened being a full-time housewife to being an inhabitant of a ‘comfortable concentration camp’ and she suggested that the solution to women’s dissatisfaction lay in the world of paid employment and recognition outside the home. The book had enormous impact and Friedan became a founder member and the first president of the National Organization of Women in 1966. Since then she has worked tirelessly for women’s causes such as free access to abortion, equal pay for equal work and the Equal Rights Amendment. Her later book, The Second Stage (1982), caused much consternation within the movement since she seemed to be recommending a more compromising stance towards the male establishment. Subsequently she has written The fountain of Age (1994) which discusses women and aging. Despite the controversy she has provoked even among committed feminists, Friedan remains one of the most highly respected women in the United States today.

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  • FRIEDAN, BETTY — (1921–2006), U.S. writer and feminist. Born Naomi Goldstein in Peoria, Illinois, she received her B.A. in psychology from Smith College in 1942. She then held a research fellowship in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Friedan, Betty — orig. Betty Naomi Goldstein born Feb. 4, 1921, Peoria, Ill., U.S. U.S. feminist. She attended Smith College and worked in New York before marrying and having children. Her dissatisfaction with her role as housewife prompted her to write The… …   Universalium

  • Friedan, Betty — orig. Betty Naomi Goldstein (n. 4 feb. 1921, Peoria, Ill., EE.UU.). Feminista estadounidense. Estudió en Smith College y trabajó en Nueva York antes de casarse y tener hijos. Su descontento con su papel de ama de casa la llevó a escribir The… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Friedan, Betty — (b. 1921)    American feminist. Born in Peoria, Illinois, her book, The Feminine Mystique, was considered to have stimulated the second wave of 20th century feminism …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Friedan, Betty —  (1921–2006) American feminist; born Elizabeth Naomi Goldstein …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Friedan,Betty Naomi — Frie·dan (frē dănʹ), Betty Naomi. Born 1921. American feminist who wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963) and founded the National Organization for Women (1966). * * * …   Universalium

  • Betty Friedan — (February 4, 1921 – February 5, 2006) was an American feminist, activist and writer, best known for starting what is commonly known as the Second Wave of feminism through the writing of her book The Feminine Mystique .Early life and… …   Wikipedia

  • Betty Naomi Friedan — Betty Friedan, 1960 Betty Friedan [ˈfɹiːdən] (* 4. Februar 1921 in Peoria (Illinois); † 4. Februar 2006 in Washington (D.C.); eigentlich Betty Naomi Goldstein) war eine US amerikanische …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan — Betty Friedan, 1960 Betty Friedan [ˈfɹiːdən] (* 4. Februar 1921 in Peoria (Illinois); † 4. Februar 2006 in Washington (D.C.); eigentlich Betty Naomi Goldstein) war eine US amerikanische …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Betty Friedan — Betty Friedan, 1960 Betty Friedan [ˈfɹiːdən] (* 4. Februar 1921 in Peoria (Illinois); † 4. Februar 2006 in Washington, D.C.; eigentlich Betty Naomi Goldstein) war eine US amerikanische Femin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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