Essay on The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

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During the 1960’s women wanted to define their own identities in society, whether that is of a housewife role, establishing a career or both. This identity push into American society created the Women’s Liberation Movement for a majority of women within the 60’s. During this period several women stood out as activists to establish safeguards against discrimination on the bases of sex; Betty Fridan, Carol Hanisch and Gloria Steinam. Each activist clearly demonstrated in their tone and message within their articles, books and speeches how to achieve the overall goal to cease the myth that women were fulfilled in their role as housewives. This document will reflect an analysis of sources that substantiates that women wanted to define …show more content…
Both Friedan’s sources give light into the cultural values of women in the 1960s. Women had fought for the movement because they did not find it good being a woman, though they wanted to. This writing helps with the understanding on why women have embraced the so called feminine mystique, and why they had denied the very abilities and opportunities they are now trying to overcome. Implicit messages throughout both Friedan sources express that women need to understand their worth in society and why it is important to be considered contributing members in society through men’s eyes.
Carol Hanisch contributed the message of sisterhood in her critique of the Miss America pageant. Hanisch’s clear-cut goal was to embrace sisterhood as was expressed in Friedan’s, “The Feminine Mystique.” The source expresses a range of emotions such as anger, dedication, and courage. Hanisch critique of the Miss America protest and Friedan’s, “It changed my life,” both outline what was right and what is wrong about the movement and how to keep the movement moving forward in a positive way. The problem on how to enforce a group decision amongst so many protesters was spoken about in each source. The Miss America protest was an example of narrow minded activists and in turn actually harmed the movement by not uniting in a sisterhood. The Miss America women became an enemy to the movement instead of a sister who suffer with the movement.
Carol Hanisch also wrote, “The Personal is

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