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Betty Friedan

As a feminist, an activist, and an author, Betty Friedan helped launch the women's movement of the 1960s with her groundbreaking book, The Feminine Mystique.

Betty Friedan at Second Women's March
Lane, Bettye. Betty Friedan at Second Women's March, 1971 Aug 26. Bettye Lane Photographs. Hollis #: olvwork747171

In addition to The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan is the author of It Changed My Life, The Second Stage, and The Fountain of Age.

Friedan was one of the founders of the National Organization for Women and served 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 this collection document aspects of Friedan's public and personal life, including her family, journalism career, and work as an activist.

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