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Betty Friedan

Data de nascimento: 4. Fevereiro 1921
Data de falecimento: 4. Fevereiro 2006
Outros nomes: ベティ・フリーダン,ബെറ്റി ഫ്രീഡൻ,بتی فریدان

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Betty Naomi Goldstein, mais conhecida como Betty Friedan, foi uma importante ativista feminista estado-unidense do século XX.

Participou também de movimentos marxistas e judaicos. Em 1963, publicou o livro "The Feminine Mystique" , um best-seller que fomentou a segunda onda do feminismo, abordando o papel da mulher na indústria e na função de dona-de-casa e suas implicações tanto para a sobrevivência do capitalismo quanto para a situação de desespero e depressão que grande parte das mulheres submetidas a esse regime sofriam.

Foi também co-fundadora da Organização Nacional das Mulheres, nos Estados Unidos, juntamente com Pauli Murray e Bernard Nathanson, e auxiliou também na criação do VARAL, organização de fomento aos direitos reprodutivos, inclusive o do aborto. É considerada uma das feministas mais influentes do século XX.

Morreu no dia de seu 85º aniversário, em sua casa em Washington. De acordo com Emily Bazelton, porta-voz da família, a causa da morte foi falência cardíaca congestiva.

Citações Betty Friedan

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„What had really caused the women’s movement was the additional years of human life. At the turn of the century women’s life expectancy was forty-six; now it was nearly eighty.“

— Betty Friedan
Context: What had really caused the women’s movement was the additional years of human life. At the turn of the century women’s life expectancy was forty-six; now it was nearly eighty. Our groping sense that we couldn’t live all those years in terms of motherhood alone was “the problem that had no name.” Realizing that it was not some freakish personal fault but our common problem as women had enabled us to take the first steps to change our lives. Preface.

„The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women.“

— Betty Friedan
Context: The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question — “Is this all?” Opening lines, Ch. 1 "The Problem That Has No Name".

„The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.“

— Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
Interviews with Betty Friedan, Janann Sherman, ed. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2002, , p. x.

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