Betty Friedan 's The Feminine Mystique Essay

1438 Words May 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Once upon a time, there was a woman named Betty Friedan who lived in Peoria, Illinois. She was born on February 4th, 1921, went to Smith College, and died on February 4th, 2006. As she grew up, she noticed that women and men were treated differently, and decided to take a stand. She wrote many articles and books expressing her ideas, but her first book was the most influential. By noticing sexual discrimination during adolescence and experiencing sexism as a journalist, Betty Friedan was motivated to become a feminist and fuel the Women’s Movement by expressing her views on gender discrimination in the book, The Feminine Mystique.
Friedan’s experiences as a young girl caused her to notice the existence of gender inequality and shaped her views on the subject. While Betty Friedan was growing up, her mother would often violently yell at her father. Friedan realized that these verbal attacks stemmed from her mother’s discontent: she was a gifted and intelligent woman, but there was no way to use her talents since she was stuck performing simple housewife tasks the whole day. Friedan reflected on her mother’s unfulfillment, and promised herself she would find more attainment in her life. Additionally, Betty noticed differences between the ways boys and girls were treated throughout the entirety of her childhood. For example, Betty Friedan heard boys being asked about their futures, but as a girl, “nobody asked you, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up, little girl?’ but,…

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