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The Feminine Mystique  : Penguin Modern Classics - Betty Friedan

The Feminine Mystique

Penguin Modern Classics


Published: 14th May 2010
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'Feminism ...... began with the work of a single person: Friedan' Nicholas Lemann

With a new Introduction by Lionel Shriver

When Betty Friedan produced The Feminine Mystique in 1963, she could not have realized how the discovery and debate of her contemporaries' general malaise would shake up society. Victims of a false belief system, these women were following strict social convention by loyally conforming to the pretty image of the magazines, and found themselves forced to seek meaning in their lives only through a family and a home. Friedan's controversial book about these women and every woman would ultimately set Second Wave feminism in motion and begin the battle for equality.

This groundbreaking and life-changing work remains just as powerful, important and true as it was forty-five years ago, and is essential reading both as a historical document and as a study of women living in a man's world.

'One of the most influential nonfiction books of the twentieth century' New York Times

About the Author

Betty Friedan founded NOW in 1966 and is the author of many books, including The Fountain of Age and Life So Far. She lives in Washington, DC.



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Life changing


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about The Feminine Mystique:

    This book has changed my life and my understanding of what it is to be a woman and mother. Even though its set within the context of 1950's society, it still resonated strongly with me. It sheds light on why there is a unsettled rumbling within (some) women. Granted, not all women have this rumbling, yet for those who do, this book makes you feel like you are not alone and not a terrible person for wanting more. Brilliant reading!

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    Feminism ... began with the work of a single person: Friedan * Nicholas Lemann *

    ISBN: 9780141192055
    ISBN-10: 0141192054
    Series: Penguin Modern Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 348
    Published: 14th May 2010
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.6  x 2.1
    Weight (kg): 0.27
    Edition Number: 1