Mon 1/24, 2011, 7:30pm
Stephanie Coontz
Revisiting ‘The Feminine Mystique’

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a storm of controversy with The Feminine Mystique–many women said the book transformed, even saved, their lives. Stephanie Coontz (Marriage: A History, and now A Strange Stirring), who teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, examines the dawn of the 1960s through interviews with people who read The Feminine Mystique in 1963-64, illuminating how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice. Presented by The Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.

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