A Study of the Feminine Mystique
Year Published: 1964
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22814
A review of Betty Friedan's book "The Feminine Mystique." The review was originally published in the International Socialist Review in 1964.
Betty Friedan's findings have a wider relevance than the well-to-do housewives she has investigated. These set the pattern of behavior and aspiration for working-class housewives, who mistakenly believe that because middle-class women have all the advantages, they also have all the answers. In this way distorted ideas and values seep down to infect masses of women, including some working women who wonder whether they might not lead a better life as a full-time housewife. This book should help settle their doubts.