Women's History Month: Betty Friedan

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March is Women’s History Month. The Reynolds Team and 97.1 WASH-FM are highlighting influential women in history….

Women in the 1940’s and ’50s were expected to be full-time homemakers, and to find fulfillment through the achievements of their husbands and children.At least one woman thought that was wrong.Her name was Betty Friedan. *

In 1963, Betty wrote the book “The Feminine Mystique,” claiming that women were victims of a society that kept them from achieving their own goals and identity.The book became a best-seller and is now regarded as the beginning of the modern women’s movement.Later, she co-founded the National Organization for Women, and worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

In 2006, on her 85th birthday, Betty Friedan died at her home, here in Washington, DC.

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