I’ve also (perhaps somewhat shamefully) never read this book, but after this review, I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks!
In hindsight, it’s difficult to gauge the full impact of certain books. One can view media reports from the time, but that doesn’t include conversations between regular people over phones, family dinners or get togethers with friends. So I don’t think we can completely understand what a bombshell Betty Friedan’s book was at the time. Most importantly, we cannot understand what a turmoil it created in the minds and emotions of American women of the period, though we can imagine.
This is the book which started the women’s movement in the 1960’s and I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to read it. Though to be honest, many of the ideas have been incorporated within society and popular culture, so much of it was familiar. But that familiarity was lacking when the book was first published.
The hub of the book is the meaning of the title, which Friedan…
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