Betty Friedan

A Fantastic Female

Life Before Activist

Betty Friedan was born on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois.
Graduated Smith College in 1942 with a bachelor's degree.
Married in 1947 then had three children.
After her second child she became an at-home mother.

The Feminine Mystique

While working at home, Friedan began to feel "restless as a homemaker".
She wondered if other women felt the same way.
This thought led to her writing "The Feminine Mystique", published in 1963.
Her book, "The Feminine Mystique", introduced many things never talked about in public before. How women could find happiness and self-satisfaction outside of their traditional roles.

Other Accomplishments

Throughout her life, Friedan was a part of many women's rights groups.
Some of which are (in no particular order):
NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws)
NOW (National Organization for Women)
National Women's Political Caucus

Death and Legacy

Betty Friedan died of heart failure February 4, 2006, in Washington DC.
She is one of the women who helped shape America to the way it is today.
It took great leadership skills and traits.
She had these traits with her in her quest for women's rights.
Friedan put herself outside the fence by showing America that women were not just homemakers but artists, business workers, lawyers, doctors. Anything they wanted or desired to be, the world is not just for men.