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Children's LiteratureThis well-written and easy-to-read biography of feminist Betty Friedan gives readers insight into the life and struggles of the woman whose book, The Feminine Mystique, is "often credited with launching the women's rights movement." Bright and energetic (some would say "bossy"), Betty was a student of psychology, a summa cum laude graduate of Smith College and the not-so-happily married mother of three children who found that she and many other women were not fulfilled in their narrowly defined role of wife and mother. The publication of her book was just the beginning of Betty's fight for women's rights (equal pay for equal work, maternity leave)—a fight which she continues today. Today's young women and men might be surprised to learn just how much the role of women has changed since the mid 1960's. This book is illustrated with black and white photographs and includes a time line, sources, a bibliography, a list of websites for further information and an index. 2004, Morgan Reynolds, Ages 14 up.
—Anita Barnes Lowen