Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan, ca. 1965. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

NOTE: The Schlesinger Library will be digitizing a portion of the papers of Betty Friedan (MC 575) starting in August 2017. Some material in this collection will be closed during digitization, including items relating to The Feminine Mystique. Consult the catalog record for updated closure information. Ask a Schlesinger Librarian if you have any questions.

As a feminist, activist, and author, Betty Friedan helped launch the women's movement of the 1960s with her groundbreaking book, The Feminine Mystique. She also published It Changed My Life, The Second Stage, and The Fountain of Age.

Friedan was one of the founders of the National Organization for Women, serving as its first president from 1966 to 1970. She was active in many feminist and political organizations, taught at several universities, lectured widely, and published numerous articles on gender and aging. Throughout her life, Friedan was a leading advocate for women making full use of their education, talent, and skills.

The papers in our collection document aspects of her public and personal life, including her family, journalism career, and work as an activist. 

Schlesinger Library staff have created a research guide to provide additional information and context for the manuscript / archival collections related to Betty Friedan, including an online exhibition