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Frustrated with the slow rate of change in laws and cultural expectations for women, a group of men and women founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966. Betty Friedan was president of NOW from 1966 to 1970. Accomplishments during her tenure include achieving an end to sex-segregated job advertisements and advocating for affordable child care.
Betty Friedan received thousands of letters in response to her book, The Feminine Mystique. Gerda Lerner was at the beginning of her career as a historian when she wrote a letter to Betty Friedan critiquing the her assumption of universality of experience based on gender. Lerner's early articulation of the importance of race and class to gender realities shows how pioneering she was.
In 1961 John F. Kennedy established a presidential commission to examine and report on the status of American women. The President's Commission on the Status of Women invited Betty Friedan to be part of their Mass Media Consultation in 1963. Friedan's copy of the commission's report is heavily annotated with asterisks next to recommendations she favored and ideas for future stories.
Two notable scholars, Stephanie Coontz and Ariela Dubler, look back at Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and consider whether movement toward equality has persisted or stalled since the book was published in 1963.
Welcoming remarks by Lizabeth Cohen and John Huth
Introduction by Marko Loncar
“Biological Ideas and Smart Materials in Biology” by Peter Vukusic
Babak Parviz, creator of Google Glass and affiliate professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, discusses the origin and future of Google Glass.
With Oren Milstein, Vijay Varadan, and Babak Parviz
Q&A moderated by Conor J. Walsh
Closing remarks by John Huth
With Karen Gleason, Christine Ortiz, and Joseph K. Hitt
Q&A moderated by Leia Stirling
Saturate the Moment, by Harvard Graduate School of Design students Keojin Jin and Juhun Lee, is located in the new Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden in Radcliffe Yard.
In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established a presidential commission to examine and report on the status of American women. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reflects on the 50th anniversary of the presidential report on American women and discusses how to involve more women in politics.