Caught Between the Bettys: a memoir

Caught Between the Bettys: a memoir

by Alice Borodkin


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Some Rebels Wear Pearls …

If you think the 1940s and 50s were a simpler time, you’re right! Men and women had their roles to play. The men were the bread winners and were supposed to be tough, and the little lady was the homemaker.

Betty Crocker in all her splendor! A script written before time by countless men and women.

A simpler time, yes. But not so easy.

For women and girls who followed the script, it should have been easier. Get married, that’s why you went to college—to find a man, have a few kids, be happy with your split-level suburban home and have that martini ready for Mr. Wonderful when he came through the door after a hard day of work.

No one asked what the woman wanted!

Learning and training to be the wife of the senator, the doctor, or the lawyer—no one asked what the woman wanted!

But for some women it was not enough. Along came Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique and The Problem Without a Name.

Fighting the stereotype was difficult. The bosses who told you to keep quiet before a meeting, the constant struggle for validation from those who thought you should be happy with what you had and couldn’t see who you really were.

Marching down 5th Avenue with names like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug for women’s equality brought out the rebel and turned a girl into a woman.

This is one woman’s story. Her journey. How she became Caught Between the Bettys. From following the script to becoming a pilot to running for office. And all the pot holes along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996687706
Publisher: Alice Brodsky Nemo Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

1 Divas Are Born, Not Made
2 Flaw in the Fairy Tale
3 Mama Was a Diva
4 Victory Gardens and Trips on a Train
5 On Being Perfect
6 Rosie the Riveter
7 My Cocoon
8 Diva in Training
9 The Bettys
10 Genes and Myths
11 Who Am I?
12 The Chink in the Samovar
13 My Russian Chapter
14 "Alice Dinners"
15 When the Unimaginable Actually Happened
16 A Baby's Gift
17 When Cooking Wasn't Enough
18 For Once You Have Tasted Flight
19 Moxie
20 Too Soon Gone
21 Lost in the Mist
22 Women Who Broke All the Rules
23 Stop and Go!
24 Crashing Through
25 Look, They're Tilting
26 Working for Good
27 My New Moniker
28 Advocating for Me
29 Circles of Life
30 What I Really Want to Say...

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