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June 14, 1987
I am not ordinarily given to superlatives, but your cover story on Betty Friedan was superb. Thank you for giving your readers a uniquely candid view of "the female Moses" who continues to lead women out of the wilderness. Abigail Van Buren Chicago
March 7, 2013 | By Rebecca Traister, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sheryl Sandberg's explosive "Lean In" - a muscular manifesto on the gender inequities of the professional world - is being published within weeks of the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique. " It's a convergence destined to invite disparaging comparisons, to prompt people to holler about how they knew Betty Friedan and that Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and one of the most powerful women in the tech world, is no Betty Friedan. But with "Lean In," an upbeat and unapologetically bossy debut, Sandberg is making a disruptive, crucial observation that puts her very much in line with Friedan: All is not just in the gendered world, and we should be talking urgently about how to make it better.
January 28, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER
Feminist and author Betty Friedan will be keynote speaker at the 15th annual Creative Options, a series of workshops and lectures for women scheduled Feb. 26 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," was a co-founder of the National Organization for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus.
September 2, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Shulamith Firestone, whose 1970 book "The Dialectic of Sex" became a feminist classic with its calls for a drastic rethinking of women's roles in the bearing and raising of children, was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment. She was 67. A recluse who struggled with mental illness in later years, the author apparently died of natural causes, said her sister, Miriam Tirzah Firestone. Only 25 when "The Dialectic of Sex" was published, Firestone vaulted to prominence as a leading theorist of the second wave of feminism that crested in the 1960s and '70s.
March 3, 1986 | URSULA VILS, Times Staff Writer
In 1963, publication of Betty Friedan's book "The Feminine Mystique" launched what was to become an international revolution, the women's liberation movement. Now Friedan has spent the first half of the '80s researching another mystique: age, which she says is "as pernicious as the feminine mystique." Friedan, in Los Angeles since January as a visiting scholar at USC's Andrus Gerontology Center, admits she came to the topic of aging with some reluctance.
April 26, 1992 | Robert Scheer, Robert Scheer is a national correspondent for The Times. He interviewed Betty Friedan at her home in Marina del Rey.
Although now 71, and widely acknowledged as a founder of the modern women's movement, Betty Friedan doesn't quite make it as an Elder Stateswomen revisiting past achievements. Among other things, she won't sit still. Commuting between academic posts at NYU and USC, where she is a professor attached to no fewer than three departments, she remains embattled against demons of male chauvinism and other manifestations of oppression.
September 19, 1993 | Diane Middlebrook, Diane Middlebrook is former chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford University, and the author of "Anne Sexton: A Biography."
Betty Friedan's first book, "The Feminine Mystique," taught us all the slogan "The personal is political." Predictably, her newest book begins with a personal vignette: "When my friends threw a surprise party on my 60th birthday, I could have killed them all. Their toasts seemed hostile . . . pushing me out of life, as it seemed, out of the race."
Betty Friedan doesn't quit. Thirty years after her book "The Feminine Mystique" launched the women's rights revolution, Friedan and her book are still selling. At a symposium Monday on "Women and Power: New Images and Realities," for example, seats for the $60-a-plate lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel sold out in large part because Friedan was the speaker. Ironically, many of the 200 who attended weren't even born when Friedan's book was published in 1963; most of those said they'd never read it.
October 10, 1993 | MICHELE KORT, Venice writer Michele Kort last wrote about California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard for this magazine
"I'm an incorrigible bohemian--paper napkins and all that," Betty Friedan announces, apropos of no particular question. She clears her grandchildren's toys off the couch in the living room of her cozy, cluttered, clapboard house, which sits on the edge of Sag Harbor, Long Island. "I started coming here in 1970, and it was more bohemian then," she continues. "There were a few rich people, but they didn't bother us. But now there are so many rich people!"
May 17, 1987 | BETTYANN KEVLES, Bettyann Kevles is a frequent contributor to The Los Angeles Times.
THE PHONE HASN'T STOPPED ringing since 9 a.m. and Betty Friedan has risen three times from her bath to answer it. It's past 11 and she's still not ready to leave her Sea Colony apartment in Santa Monica for a noon lecture at USC. "Who is it?" she calls from the bedroom. "USA Today," I answer. Twenty-four years ago, Friedan wrote a book called "The Feminine Mystique."
August 14, 2012 | Claudia Luther
In her bestselling 1962 book "Sex and the Single Girl," Helen Gurley Brown dared to tell American women that they inherited their "proclivity" for sex, that it "isn't some random piece of mischief you dreamed up because you're a bad, wicked girl. " When her frank and exuberant mix of advice, exhortation and naughty girl talk became a publishing phenomenon, thousands of women wrote to seek her advice, and she would sit at home at night in Los Angeles, trying to answer them all. One night, her husband, the movie producer David Brown, had an idea while he watched her type.
February 5, 2006 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Betty Friedan, the visionary feminist who launched a social revolution with her provocative 1963 book "The Feminine Mystique," died Saturday, her 85th birthday. Friedan died of congestive heart failure at her home in Washington, D.C., according to Emily Bazelon, a cousin who was speaking for the family. She said Friedan had been in failing health for some time.
June 4, 2000 | Elaine Woo
Her stride is halting, and her hearing isn't what it used to be. But at 79, Betty Friedan still has strangers stopping her in the street to tell her, "You changed my life." Friedan launched the modern women's movement with her 1963 bestseller "The Feminine Mystique," in which she identified "the problem that has no name": the alienation and frustration felt by a generation of women unfulfilled by their traditional roles as wives and mothers.
One of my earliest traveling memories involves a Barbie doll. As a little girl, I had a blond Barbie I couldn't bear to be away from, so when my family loaded up the station wagon and drove to the Colorado Rockies for vacation, I packed Barbie's red skating skirt, zebra-striped bathing suit and wedding gown in the cardboard drawers of her pink carrying case and took her along. We were driving across Kansas on our way home to St.
True to form, Betty Friedan is fired up--incensed, outraged and overflowing with her point of view on the subject of alleged sexual misconduct in the highest office of the land. This is the woman who, more than 30 years ago, helped found the National Organization for Women to enforce a new law against sexual discrimination in the workplace. This is the woman who helped give birth to modern feminism, who redefined how women were regarded by a nation and themselves.
May 4, 1997 | Steven Stark, This article is adapted from "Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Shows and Events that Made Us Who We Are Today," published this month by The Free Press. Author Steven Stark is a commentator for National Public Radio and has written extensively for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications
This spring marks the 40th anniversary of the production of the last episode of "I Love Lucy." It is an occasion worth noting. The contributions of this show to television history are legendary: First sitcom to be a hit. First show to be No. 1 three years in a row. First show to be filmed live before a studio audience. In fact, calling "I Love Lucy" the most popular television show of all time is hardly an overstatement.
Feminist Betty Friedan has a suggestion for the American Assn. of Retired Persons, which begins its three-day national convention here today: It should change its name to the American Assn. of Resurgent Persons. With people living longer than ever before, Friedan said, Americans are undergoing a "paradigm shift," a move away from a negative model of old age to a more positive one. So forget the terms retired persons, the elderly and senior citizens.
Betty Friedan came to town a few weeks ago, and she asked a lot of questions. The woman who brought us "The Feminine Mystique" more than three decades ago never stops asking the important questions of our time and beyond. Now Friedan, a distinguished visiting professor for USC's Leadership Institute, is asking for a new vision of society to overcome the polarization she says is threatening our democracy.
The unpalatable truth must be faced that all post-menopausal women are castrates . . . . Our streets abound with them--walking stiffly in twos and threes, seeing little and observing less. It is not unusual to see an erect man of 75 vigorously striding along on a golf course, but never a woman of this age. . . . Now, for the first time in history, women may share the promise of tomorrow as biological equals of men. Thanks to hormone therapy, they can be feminine forever. --Dr.
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