The Feminine Mystique

TitleThe Feminine Mystique
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsFriedan, Betty
Number of Pages592
PublisherW.W. Norton & Co.

The Feminine Mystique attacked the popular notion that women of that time could only find fulfillment through childbearing and homemaking. According to The New York Times obituary of Friedan in 2006, it “ignited the contemporary women's movement in 1963 and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States and countries around the world” and “is widely regarded as one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.” Through her findings, Friedan hypothesized that women are victims of a false belief system that requires them to find identity and meaning in their lives through their husbands and children. Such a system causes women to completely lose their identity in that of their family. [WIKI SUMMARIES] 

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