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August 14, 2012 |
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.
June 4, 2000 |
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.
April 23, 2000 |
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.
May 13, 1998 |
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 |
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.
April 30, 1995 |
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.