from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Friedan, Betty Naomi 1921-2006. American feminist who wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963) and founded the National Organization for Women (1966).

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  • n. United States feminist who founded a national organization for women (born in 1921)


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  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is published.

    Archive 2004-01-11

  • The old-style feminists I'm talking about—such as Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and others—were quite keen on what I'll call "spiritual androgyny."

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The founding members of NOW — such as Friedan; East; Dr. Kathryn Clarenbach, a Wisconsin educator; Eileen Hernandez, a prominent lawyer; Caroline Davis, a Detroit United Auto Workers executive — were women with successful careers.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • She the gospels on her side -- the gospel according to Gloria Steinem, the gospel according to Betty Friedan, etc.

    Oh, this is soooooo rich

  • Perhaps they're under the illusion that they earned their success alone; they don't recognize that they're standing on the shoulders of giants: Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan.

    Katrina Alcorn: Stop Passing the Buck, Ladies

  • We realize, of course, that men aren't an oppressed class, in need of liberation -- and that Michael Addis is not Betty Friedan.

    Glenn C. Altschuler: Mars Bars

  • Having seen, at close range, the painful and pernicious impact of suppressed feelings, we believe that many men are in a dehumanizing trap that is comparable, in a sense, to the "problem that has no name" identified fifty years ago by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique.

    Glenn C. Altschuler: Mars Bars

  • Once you get hard-lined religious and political beliefs out of the way (preferably first thing in the car, or during the appetizer if you must wait that long), toss out a couple of Betty Friedan or bell hooks quotes, and see if the gent picks up on it and responds with an appropriate Simone de Beauvoir reference.

    Cristen Conger: Do Feminists Make for Better Girlfriends?

  • I have been hearing similarly discontented -- or at least conflicted -- mumblings lately: in Betty Friedan parlance, I'd say they are murmurs with no monikers.

    Michele Willens: Face It: Monikerless Murmurs

  • If beginning the Second Feminist Movement can be attributed to the reaction to one inspired book Betty Friedan, Who Ignited Cause in 'Feminine Mystique,' Dies at 85 - The New York Times, February 5, 2006., bringing people together to discuss a topic more freely than ever before could turn into the millennial town hall meeting.

    Hillary St. Pierre: News Becomes Interactive: Turning Articles Into Open Discussions Online


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