Previously published in Examiner
Part 8 of the Betty Friedan series
Betty Friedan believed in Women’s rights and giving a voice to the common housewife. This did not mean that she was against being a housewife, only that she felt women should have options. There were some women who needed to have a career and these women were buried in suburban homes feeling bored and listless and not knowing what was wrong with them. These were the women she was addressing.
Though Friedan was against linking feminism and lesbianism as one and the same, (many people of the era believed that all feminists were lesbians) she did defend their civil rights. Her platform was to appeal to all women and fight for every woman’s rights.
Friedan spoke on television to urge the media to stop making a mockery of the movement by bringing up what she called ridiculous issues like whether a woman should wear a bra or not. Betty valued the female voice and was very disturbed that the media was trying to devalue that voice, to make it appear ridiculous and therefore not worthy of recognition. Betty knew the history of women and the great strides the early suffragettes had made ans she did not want to lose that powerful force of womanhood through the disaccreditation of the media and some radical feminists that were fueling this wild media frenzy.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of the series on Betty Friedan