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The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan

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The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan

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City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — The Automobile Shapes the Suburbs


The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
"The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. 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, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night-she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-'Is this all?' " --quoted from the book, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
Physical Description
Artifact. Hard-cover book in a paper jacket. 8 5/8" H x 6" W x 1 5/8" D
Details
Date Made:
1963
History
In her ground-breaking book, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan explored the angst and ennui of contemporary suburban life for women who defined them selves primarily by their roles at home.

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