Summary: The Second Wave Feminism Movement

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The second wave feminism movement got its start with the book The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women. The term feminine mystique referred to the idea that women have begun to “transcend their ‘natural’ aspirations through education and other ‘masculine’ goals,” (35 W). In her book Friedan attacks the patriarchal status quo for forcing women to work inside the home but she wanted women to work both in and outside of the home (W). Kennedy’s Commission was designed to develop ideas on how to overcome discrimination in employment because of sex and ways for women to work successfully inside the house and outside the house (Article 3). These two events led to the formation of government women’s
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