Life So Far A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0743299868

ISBN-13: 9780743299862

Edition: 2006

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Description: It was Betty Freidan herself, inLife So Far, who spoke about her life and career and told us what it was all like fromthe inside. With the unsparing frankness that madeThe Feminine Mystiqueone of the most influential books of the century, Friedan looked back and told us what it took, and what it cost, to change the world. She took us on an intimate journey through her life, from her lonely childhood to the founding of NOW and her brilliant, contentious, and brave leadership of the Movement. Life So Farchronicles the secret underground of women in Washington in the early sixties who drafted Friedan to spearhead an "NAACP" for women, and the daring of many who spoke out against discrimination. Friedan recounts the political infighting and dirty tricks that occurred within the Movement as well as the forces that tried to destroy it and how hard she fought to keep the Movement practical and free of extremism, including "man-hating." Friedan is equally frank about her twenty-two-year marriage to an advertising entrepreneur, which deteriorated into physical abuse. They later reconciled as friends. Life So Faris forthright, full of stories and larger-than-life characters, and it is the scope of Friedan's vision and achievements that makes her memoir so important and compelling.

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Betty Friedan was born Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. The future feminist leader experienced anti-semitism growing up; this undoubtedly contributed to her political activism later in life. Graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology, she began her career as a reporter in New York City, and a few years later married Carl Friedan. The beginning of the women's movement in the United States can be traced to the publication of Friedan's first book, The Feminist Mystique, in 1963; it was instantly successful. Friedan wrote a follow-up to this book almost 20 years later, The Second Stage, in which she outlined issues that still needed addressing by feminists. She has also written a semi-autobiographical work, It Changed My Life, and a book about aging and society called The Fountain of Age. Friedan was a co-founder and the first president of the National Organization for Women. She has taught at New York University and the University of Southern California.

Introduction
My Mother, My Father and Peoria
Discovering the Life of the Mind
Becoming Political, Becoming Sexual
A ""Happy"" Suburban Housewife
The Mystery of My Writing The Feminine Mystique
""It Changed My Whole Life""
Starting the Women's Movement
Out of the Mainstream into the Revolution
The Enemies Without and the Enemies Within
Triumph and Treachery Within the Sisterhood
Travels with Emily and the Women's Movement
Rules of Engagement
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