Our Historical Motherhood series is back! We’re delighted as always to welcome Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese, with another profile of a mom who made history. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here.
I remember exactly where I was when I first read Betty Friedan’s now 51-year-old firestarter, The Feminine Mystique. I was sitting on the bed in my cramped, stuffy grad school apartment, thumbing through a dog-eared copy that I had bought used on Amazon. Ready to be lulled to sleep as I was by so many of the books in that political theory class, I was surprised to find myself sitting at attention, underlining, highlighting, and labeling passage after passage with sticky notes.
(I might have even cheered in solidarity from time to time.)
The Feminist Mystique, the bestseller that helped spark the second wave of the American women’s movement, spoke to me as it has to decades of women. From that moment on, I wanted to know more about its author. [click to continue…]