How Betty Friedan redefined working women
What: Family historian Stephanie Coontz on "Mad Men, Working Girls & Desperate Housewives." Book signing and light hors d'oeuvres. As family historian Stephanie Coontz has found, "employers were legally entitled to fire a woman if she got married, became pregnant, put on weight" and there were no laws against sexual harassment.
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"The problem that has no name which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.
" Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffered Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question "Is this all?" " `Betty Friedan
Let's not forget the first legislation that President Obama signed into law.Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act | 44 | washingtonpost.com
Former Goodyear employee Lilly Ledbetter of Alabama cut an ad for President Obama during his campaign for office. Today, the fair pay law named after her gets signed ...
Equal pay for equal work. It shows how well Betty Friedan understood that the tragedy of women who fell under the spell of the feminist mystique was a parallel tragedy to men who felt powerless because of a similar male mystique outmoded and inadequate to a fully complete ,healthy social life today. " Men weren't really the enemy -- they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill. "~Betty Friedan.
" Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework - an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life. " ~Betty Friedan And today's feminists and social critics seem to be either unaware or afraid to explore those 'strange new problems' that block self-actualization , sense of happiness and quality of life expectations.
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