The Feminine Mystique (Anniversary)

Betty Friedan (Author) Anna Quindlen (Afterword by)
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Landmark, groundbreaking, classic--these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of "the problem that has no name" the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women's confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th-anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
September 03, 2013
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Betty Friedan (1921-2006), a transformational leader of the women's movement, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and authored many works, including The Second Stage, The Fountain of Age, and Life So Far.
Anna Quindlen est l'auteur de cinq best-sellers, dont quatre sont aujourd'hui traduits en francais: Contre C1/2ur, Noir comme l'Amour, L'Enfant sourira peut-etre et Tous sans exception. Elle a egalement ecrit des essais tels que Petit Precis du bonheur. Journaliste celebre, elle a signe dans le New York Times une serie de chroniques qui lui ont valu le prix Pulitzer en 1992, ainsi qu'une autre serie pour Newsweek, de 2000 a 2009.
Gail Collins, the best-selling author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, is a national columnist for the New York Times. She lives in New York City.


Brilliant. . . . [Friedan] succeeded where no other feminist writer had. She touched the lives of ordinary readers.--Louis Menand