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Friedan 1 Running Head: Friedan Betty Friedan: Solving the Mystery of Feminine Mystique Jennifer Logan Cornell College
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Friedan 2 Purpose of Paper The purpose of this paper is to give a brief overview of the contributions Betty Friedan made to changing roles of women during the second wave of feminism. This paper contains a brief biography of Betty Friedan’s life, summaries of her major books, and a description of Friedan’s popular book The Feminine Mystique . The references at the end include some of the material Friedan had published as well as cited works.
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Friedan 3 Betty Friedan: Solving the Mystery of Feminine Mystique Biographical Information In 1921, Betty was born into a Jewish family in Peoria, Illinois (Hennessee 1999). She was a sickly child who had bow legs, asthma, bad eyes, and crooked teeth (Hennessee 1999). She was born into a privileged lifestyle filled with servants and caretakers, but her family suffered from anti-Semitism and did not get close to their neighbors (Hennessee 1999). Betty was a bright child, so bright that at six years old, she scored 180 when her mother took her to get an I.Q. test (Hennessee 1999). She was very bright and skipped a grade in elementary school (Hennessee 1999). Her father always pushed her to be more than the female standard. To him her education was her first and foremost importance. He would discuss current events with her at the dinner table (much to her mother’s dismay) and would encourage her to voice her opinions (Hennessee 1999). She did very well in school and graduated in 1938 as one of the high school's six valedictorians (Hennessee 1999). After high school graduation she went onto Smith College. Smith College, an all female school, was the school her mother had desperately had wanted to go to and talked about it fondly with her daughters (Hennessee 1999). Betty majored in psychology even though she could have easily majored in English (Hennessee 1999). She was editor of campus news paper her sophomore year, she gained a reputation of being the big woman on campus because she wrote about controversial topics and always had an opinion on everything (Hennessee 1999). She excelled at Smith College and graduated with summa cum laude (Hennessee 1999). After Smith College she went to Berkeley and studied under Erik Erikson (Hennessee 1999). She grew dissatisfied at Berkeley; the school was not up to her standards (Hennessee 1999). Betty felt like she was a lot smarter than the men at Berkeley (Hennessee 1999).
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Friedan 4 She was offered the largest grant available, the Abraham Rosenburg Research Fellowship. She was pressured by her then boyfriend to turn down the fellowship because he didn't like the fact that she was smarter than him (Hennessee 1999). This brought up a dilemma: if she kept the fellowship, she wouldn't find love, but if she turned it down, she would abandon her dream of success (Hennessee 1999). She abandoned the fellowship and moved to New York City to write. Betty met Carl Friedan in New York (Friedan 2000). Carl was an ex-GI who worked in the
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