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A strange stirring : the Feminine mystique and American women at the dawn of the 1960s

Author: Stephanie Coontz
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Betty Friedan's bestselling book, The Feminine Mystique, historian Stephanie Coontz re-examines the dawn of the 1960s (when the sexual revolution had barely begun) and brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect their personal weakness but rather social and political injustice.
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Named Person: Betty Friedan; Betty Friedan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Coontz
ISBN: 9780465002009 0465002005
OCLC Number: 535492252
Description: xxiii, 222 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The unliberated 1960s --
Naming the problem: Friedan's message to American housewives --
After the first feminist wave: women from the 1920s through the 1940s --
The contradictions of womanhood in the 1950s --
"I thought I was crazy" --
The price of privilege: middle-class women and the feminine mystique --
African-American women, working-class women, and the feminine mystique --
Demystifying the Feminine mystique --
Women, men, marriage, and work today: is the feminine mystique dead?
Responsibility: Stephanie Coontz.

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An eminent social historian chronicles the extraordinary impact of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" on the "lost generation" of American women  Read more...

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Christine Whelan, HuffingtonPost"[An] excellent new social history of the impact of Betty Friedan's landmark book on American women.... Coontz is the rare social historian who knows how to weave Read more...

 
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