A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

by Stephanie Coontz

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Overview

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a storm of controversy with her bestselling book, The Feminine Mystique. Hundreds of women wrote to her to say that the book had transformed, even saved, their lives. Nearly half a century later, many women still recall where they were when they first read it.

In A Strange Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the dawn of the 1960s, when the sexual revolution had barely begun, newspapers advertised for "perky, attractive gal typists," but married women were told to stay home, and husbands controlled almost every aspect of family life. Based on exhaustive research and interviews, and challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Friedan, A Strange Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't't reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465028429
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Coontz is a member of the faculty of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and the director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families.

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