Betty Friedan

Facts about Civil Rights

  • Congress banned the importation of slaves from Africa in 1808.
  • 1863 President Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation which states that all people who are held as slaves should be set free in Confederate states.
  • In supreme court case, Brown vs Board of Education in 1954, it declared that segregation in schools was unconstitutional.
  • On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man.
  • On December 21, 1956, Montgomery buses were desegregated.
  • Martin Luther King Jr, known as pastor and lead movement, later gets thrown in jail and writes his "letter from Birmingham jail"
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Betty Friedan Friedan organized a national event for Women's Strike For Equality which contained over 200,000 women in New York City!

About Betty

Betty Friedan was born on February 4th, 1921 in Illinois. When growing up she attended UC Berkley, Periora High School, and Smith College. She was an American writer and activist and later became known as an extreme feminist and even published a book. She as well rallied 200,000 women to New York City to march for women's equality. She married Carl Friedan and later had 3 children. She published 3 books: The Feminine Mystique, The Fountain of Age, and the Second of Stage.

Friedan soon later fought for abortion rights and repealed laws. Friedan helped create the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971. Friedan then died on February 4, 2006 in Washington D.C. due to heart failure. She Is forever remembered as a leading activist for women's rights. Everything she has created, is still being done today by three different organizations.

Two people that Friedan worked with

Gloria Steinem was a women who Friedan worked with during the Civil Rights movement. She was born in Ohio and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She worked together with Betty to help form the National Women's Political Caucus. She also took part in publishing the Ms Feminist magazine.


Bella Abzug was another lady who Friedan had worked with. She graduated from Columbia University Law school and was also involved with both Gloria and Friedan with the National Women's Political Caucus. She later ran for Congress, which she won a seat in the House of Representatives. After she took office, she continued to actively fight for women's rights.