Gerda Lerner's Letter to Betty Friedan

November 20, 2013

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.

Betty Friedan and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

November 20, 2013

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.

Fifty Years after The Feminine Mystique

November 19, 2013
Stephanie Coontz and Ariela Dubler soeak at Fifty Years after the Feminine Mystique

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.

Babak Parviz | Google Glass

November 15, 2013
Babak Parviz, Creator of Google Glass

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.

Science and Application of Wearable Technology

November 15, 2013
Vijay Varadan, Smart Clothes Science Symposium

With Oren Milstein, Vijay Varadan, and Babak Parviz

Q&A moderated by Conor J. Walsh

Closing remarks by John Huth

Technology and Smart Soldiers

November 15, 2013
Christine Ortiz, Smart Clothes Science Symposium

With Karen Gleason, Christine Ortiz, and Joseph K. Hitt

Q&A moderated by Leia Stirling

Biological Ideas and Smart Materials in Biology

November 15, 2013
Peter Vukusic, Smart Clothes Science Symposium

Welcoming remarks by Lizabeth Cohen and John Huth

Introduction by Marko Loncar

“Biological Ideas and Smart Materials in Biology” by Peter Vukusic

Saturate the Moment

November 12, 2013
Saturate the Moment in the Wallach Garden, Radcliffe Yard

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.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Women in Politics

October 31, 2013
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi discusses women in politics

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.

A Conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

October 31, 2013

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 with former Radcliffe fellow, Ellen Fitzpatrick.

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