Betty Friedan and the Making of

Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism

by Daniel Horowitz
     
 

Drawing on an impressive body of new research - including Friedan's own papers - Horowitz traces the development of Friedan's feminist outlook from her childhood in Peoria, Illinois, through her wartime years at Smith College and Berkeley, to her decade-long career as a writer for two of the period's most radical labor journals, the Federated Press and the United… See more details below

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Drawing on an impressive body of new research - including Friedan's own papers - Horowitz traces the development of Friedan's feminist outlook from her childhood in Peoria, Illinois, through her wartime years at Smith College and Berkeley, to her decade-long career as a writer for two of the period's most radical labor journals, the Federated Press and the United Electrical Workers' UE News. He further shows that even after she married and began to raise a family, Friedan continued during the 1950s to write and work on behalf of a wide range of progressive social causes. By resituating Friedan within a broader cultural context, and by offering a fresh reading of The Feminine Mystique against that background, Horowitz not only overturns conventional ideas about "second-wave" feminism but also reveals long submerged links to its past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558492769
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
09/27/2000
Series:
Culture, Politics and the Cold War Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,428,296
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Peoria, 1921-3816
2Bettye Goldstein at Smith College, 1938-40: An Education in Creativity, Psychology - and Politics33
3The Radicalization of Bettye Goldstein, 1940-4150
4It All Comes Together, 1941-42: Anti-Fascism, Women Workers, Unions, War, and Psychology69
5A Momentous Interlude: Berkeley, 1942-4388
6Federated Press, 1943-46: Popular Front Labor Journalist102
7UE News, 1946-52: Workers, Women, and McCarthyism121
8The Personal Is Political, 1947-63153
9Free-lance Writer, 1952-63180
10The Development of The Feminine Mystique, 1957-63197
111963 to the Present224
Notes257
Acknowledgments331
Index337

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