The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (first published in 1963)

A few months ago one of my male colleagues asked what feminist books I recommend he read and it occurred to me that I had missed a couple of the heavy hitters. That’s when I decided to read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, often credited with kicking off the second wave of feminism in the early 1960s. This work of nonfiction was an incredibly well-timed antidote. An antidote to what Friedan calls the problem with no name. “The problem,” she explains, “lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a...

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