Against the Tide: Women Reformers in American Society

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the 1990s, will have to consider some provocative questions. First, how important was the organized women's movement in enabling women to break down barriers to their educational and occupational advancement? Was the women's movement really "responsible" for later age at marriage, increased female participation in the workforce, and a declining birth rate--or did those developments cause the women's movement? Were the disputes between Friedan and NOW basically the result of personal animosities, or did they reveal deep, continuing fissures within the feminist movement? Also, how does one define and describe a "movement" that at certain times and on various issues involved literally millions of women and at other points attracted the support of only a handful of activists? These are all important questions that should be explored and answered. Yet there is a certain simplicity and truth in Friedan's statement that for her, and countless other women, "it [the movement] changed my life."


NOTES
1.
Betty Friedan, It Changed My Life ( New York, 1976), 75-91.
2.
Ibid., 87.
3.
Ibid., 90.
4.
Jo Freeman, The Politics of Women's Liberation ( New York, 1975), xi.
5.
Friedan, It Changed My Life, 106.
6.
Ibid., 109.
7.
Ibid., 142.
8.
Ibid., 155.
9.
Ibid., 140-141.
10.
Ibid., 175.
11.
Ibid., 245.
12.
Ibid., 258.
13.
Ibid., 325.
14.
Ibid., 324.
15.
Friedan, quoted in Current Biography Yearbook ( New York, 1989), 190.
16.
Betty Friedan, The Second Stage ( New York, 1981), 23, 95.
17.
Friedan, quoted in Current Biography Yearbook, 191.
18.
Betty Friedan, "How to Get the Women's Movement Moving Again," New York Times Magazine, 3 November 1985, p. 28.
19.
"Taking Issue with NOW," Newsweek 114 ( 14 August 1989): 21.
20.
"Feminism's Daughters," U.S. News and World Report 115 ( 27 September 1993): 71.

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"Betty Friedan." In Current Biography Yearbook, 188-192. New York, 1989.

Blow Richard. "Don't Look NOW," New Republic, 11 April 1988, pp. 11-12.

Bunch Charlotte. Passionate Politics. New York, 1986.

Carden Maron Lockwood. The New Feminist Movement. New York, 1974.

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