Gerda Lerner's Letter to Betty Friedan

Wednesday, 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.