By Daniel Horowitz
Drawing on a magnificent physique of recent examine - together with Friedan's personal papers - Horowitz strains the advance of Friedan's feminist outlook from her adolescence in Peoria, Illinois, via her wartime years at Smith collage and Berkeley, to her decade-long profession as a author for 2 of the period's so much radical hard work journals, the Federated Press and the United electric staff' UE information. He extra indicates that even after she married and commenced to elevate a family members, Friedan persisted in the course of the Nineteen Fifties to jot down and paintings on behalf of a variety of innovative social reasons. through resituating Friedan inside a broader cultural context, and by way of delivering a clean analyzing of the female Mystique opposed to that historical past, Horowitz not just overturns traditional principles approximately "second-wave" feminism but additionally unearths lengthy submerged hyperlinks to its previous.
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Extra info for Betty Friedan: And the Making of the Feminine Mystique :The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)
Moreover, the goal toward which she was trying to move people was often not an exclusively feminist one, but one that was shaped in part by the social democratic commitments of Popular Front politics of the 1940sthat umbrella under which a wide variety of radicals had united. In the late 1980s, Helen discussed with Friedan the possibility of writing her authorized biography. Asked to interview Friedan for an oral history project, Helen spent a day looking at Friedan's papers, which Friedan had transferred to The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College.
4 When Bettye was growing up, the Goldsteins lived in a section of the city known as the Bluffs. " The family occupied a well-appointed, comfortable, eight-room house on Farmington Road, not far from Bradley College. The Goldstein house was not in one of the fanciest sections of the Bluffs, though one such area, complete with enormous Victorian mansions, was about ten blocks away. At the time, their house was suitable for a middle-class family with more aspirations than resources. It was fully detached from neighboring houses, but there was only enough room between houses to allow a car to pass to the garage in the back yard.
Most of the books focused on "socialism, communism, and Marxism. '' But I realized that if historians worried excessively about how others could use their scholarship, they would never publish anything controversial. 17 For me, all of these tricky problems raised the thorny question of how to write, after the Cold War ended, about people who had been associated with party members, publications, or positions. I knew that in the immense amount that Friedan published in the 1940s and early 1950s, some of which appeared in party-sponsored publications, she never mentioned the party or displayed a preference for the Soviet social or economic system.