Sexism In The Feminine Mystique By Betty Friedan

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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
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Much of the discrimination Betty Friedan experienced occurred in the workplace. In Friedan’s time period, only 38% of women worked, and their jobs were limited to being a teacher, nurse, or secretary. Women were almost always paid less than men, and were often denied jobs which were given to men. One working man once said, “We do keep women out, when we can. We don 't want them here- and they don 't want them elsewhere, either, whether or not they 'll admit it”. Women were considered a burden at many companies, which personally affected Friedan. Betty Friedan was working as a newspaper reporter, and was about to have her second child. She was fired for requesting a second maternity leave, and replaced with a man. This act of discrimination made Friedan realize how far below men women were, urging her become a feminist. Sexism and inequalities Friedan faced and observed during her writing career prompted the creation of her firm

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