Monday, February 06, 2006

Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," passes away


Betty Friedan, whose book The Feminine Mystique changed the world forever, died Saturday, Feb. 4, her birthday, at the age of 85, CNN reports.

Her 1963 "feminine manifesto" became a best seller by inspiring women to ask, "Who am I, and what do I want out of life?" She asserted that women should aspire to separate identities as individuals, while telling them "...don't get into the bra-burning, anti-man, politics-of-orgasm school."

As the first president of NOW in 1966, she staked out positions that seemed extreme at the time on such issues as abortion, sex-neutral help-wanted ads, equal pay, promotion opportunities and maternity leave.

In her book The Feminine Mystique, Betty wrote: "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."

Her funeral will be held today (February 6) in New York City.

Gotta love Betty Friedan! God bless her work, which really benefits not only women, but humanity, for a long time to come.
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