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March 18, 1988 | JACK MATHEWS
* "Any Wednesday." Warner. $59.95. In 1966, three years before she got an Oscar nomination for "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and well before she plunged into political activism, Jane Fonda played one of the most empty-headed, hysterical ingenues in screen history--and did it badly!
June 7, 1987
It seems unfortunate that Betty Friedan ("A Feminist in the Late '80s," May 17, by Bettyann Kevles), concerned as she is with the issue of aging, was profiled by someone so enamored of the "cult of youth" that she offers this description: "The smile transforms her, subtracting years." Friedan deserves better. And Los Angeles Times Magazine readers need better, if we are ever to acknowledge that it's perfectly all right for a 66-year-old woman to actually look her age. Linda Whitehead West Hollywood
November 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Women ordinarily age better than men do, pioneer feminist Betty Friedan says. Addressing about 100 social workers and other professionals at the Maimonides Hospital Geriatric Centre, Friedan offered what she believes are the reasons why. "We are able to share feelings with each other, to have a confidant more easily than men are, and these intimate ties are important in good healthy lives," she said Wednesday. Studies show most men don't have confidants, Friedan said.
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.
May 17, 1987
"1. Begin a new round of consciousness-raising for the new generation. These younger women, each thinking she is alone with her personal guilt and the pressure of having both a career and a baby before it is too late, may be secretly blaming the movement for getting them into this mess. "2. Mobilize the new professional networks and the old established volunteer organizations to save women's rights. We can't fight fundamentalist backlash with backward-looking feminist fundamentalism. "3.
March 23, 1993 | TOM McQUEENEY
Betty Friedan, who helped launch the feminist movement 30 years ago, told a meeting of Orange County women Monday that feminism needs to move beyond defending old victories and strive for new ones. Women need to rise above being the "victims of oppression to a new empowerment that will help redefine the goals of our society," Friedan told the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Orange County women's division at the Irvine Marriott.
Betty Friedan, founder and first president of NOW, was among the missing in early January at a dinner honoring its past presidents. "They didn't get around to telling me I was expected until just before Thanksgiving," she says. Friedan skipped the dinner, but she did show up a few days later for NOW's big 25th birthday party, where she reminded 800 celebrants, "I am here as the mother of you all." "I feel badly that she feels she was blown off," a NOW spokeswoman says.
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.
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