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Betty Fried The Role Of Women's Role In Women

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“A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all,” (“The Feminine Mystique). In the past, women have struggled immensely with knowing their place and roles in society. Therefore, many women focused on restoring equality. Betty Friedan is a historical activist and feminist that aimed to close the gender gap through protests, her books, and her role in NWPC. Due to Betty Friedan’s goal of creating equality between genders and through her creation of books, protests, and the establishment of National Women’s Political Caucus, she had a profound impact on the past society.
As a woman living in the early to mid-1900s, Betty’s experiences in her childhood along with her home life affected how she viewed the society around her and had an influence on her activism. As a child, she constantly noticed her mom cleaning, cooking and nothing more which, made her wonder if her mom could or would pursue anything else. In an Interview, Betty Friedan stated, “My mother had been the women's page editor of the Peoria newspaper and she loved it. But in that era, married women didn't work. After she got married, that was the end of [her] career. Assuming that she had a lot of my energy and ability, there wasn't [a] use for it. I mean, she ran the Sunday school one year, and the women's division of the community chest one year, and took up that era's version of
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