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'The Feminine Mystique' turns 50

  |   Feb. 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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"The Feminine Mystique" written by feminist icon and founder of the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan, was published fifty years ago today.

As a freelance journalist and writer, while raising three children, Friedan wrote about her 15-year college reunion in 1957 and found many classmates, who were also housewives, were dissatisfied. Further research led to the National best-seller which sold over 3 million copies and served as a major influence for the Women's Liberation Movement.

A 50th anniversary edition of the landmark book is to be published next month by W.W. Norton & company with an excerpt by New York Times writer, Gail Collins.

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