Betty Friedan was born in 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1942, did graduate work in psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, and worked as a journalist before marrying in 1947. In 1957 Friedan coordinated a 15th-reunion survey of Smith classmates, the results of which revealed that a number of these women were dissatisfied with their lives. After an article she wrote based on this survey was rejected by a number of women's magazines, Friedan decided to investigate the issue of female fulfillment on a more ambitious scale. The result was her first book, the 1963 work The Feminine Mystique, which argued against the idea that "biology is destiny" and urged women to look beyond
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The Feminine Mystique

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  • By Betty Friedan
  • Narrated By Parker Posey

The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

Steffel says: "An important book ruined by the narration."