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Betty Friedan, author of 'The Feminine Mystique' passed away Saturday. She was 85.

Your thoughts on her work, her contemporaries and so forth?

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"When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman. " - Betty Friedan

She's a sad loss, but she had SUCH a full life where she accomplished so much. So much, for instance, of the early work Betty did, the crtitiques she made, are now unquestionably obvious facts to so many, when that wasn't at all so before her work.

Friedan was one of the oiginal founders (and the first president) of NOW, a big activist in the (continuing) struggle to get the ERA introduced and passed. The Feminine Mystique is STILL an incredible piece of work, and sparked the second wave of the feminist movement.

Really anyone with an interest in/passion for women's equality, feminism, and just the visibility of women and their lives -- or who now enjoys the privildge of any aspect of those things -- overall owes Friedan a pretty huge debt.

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I read The Feminine Mystique the summer before ninth grade: I felt it was an important work to read and managed to get through all of it (as much as I recognized its significance, it did seem a bit long at times! ) I should read it again as I'd probably appreciate it even more now.
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