Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the Betty Friedan Series
The Second Wave of Feminism
From the backdrop of the 1950’s, which may still be revisited as the series progresses, we get the key figure in the second wave of feminism in America. Later in the series, we will look at other second wave feminists of other countries such as Simone de Beauvoir.
The first wave of feminism was considered the early suffragette movement and the women’s rights activists of the 1800’s and early 1900’s; a major topic already covered in this women’s issues series. However, it is important to note that many women including Montreal women conclude that feminism begins the day we are born. Feminism is the act of being female and feminism existed at the beginning of time.
Betty Freidan is accredited with launching the second wave of feminism also known as the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s. Some women were very much for the women’s liberation movement and others were not. Some women celebrated in all of its accomplishments; while others were in agreement with some parts of the reform but not others.
The point of this series is to look at the issues from a historical point of view. It does not matter if you are a firm believer in the movement or dead set against it, what matters is that is happened and it was a major part of women’s history with both good and bad points. It is also part of the era this Montreal women’s issues examiner grew up in and for that reason claims it as part of her personal history.
The Life and Work of Betty Freidan
Betty Freidan was born as Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4,1921 in Peoria, Illinois. Harry, her father owned a jewelry store and her mom, Miriam published the society page for the newspaper after her husband became to ill to work. Miriam found her new career more gratifying than being at home.
To be continued