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Friedan, Betty
The Feminine Mystique
New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1963. First Edition. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's red cloth-affect paper-covered boards over black spine lettered in gilt. Very Good with gift inscription to former owner on front free endpaper, and light wear to corners. In a Very Good dust jacket with price intact on top corner, but lower corner of front flap clipped; light general wear and light fading to spine. Fifteen years after graduating from Smith College, Friedan was tasked with surveying her fellow all-female alumni. Curiously, she found that despite having children and enjoying material comforts, many of the women she spoke to were unhappy in their role as housewives. She coined the phrase "feminine mystique" to highlight the prevalent assumption that a "feminine" woman would be completely fulfilled by domestic life and not seek anything more, such as education, work, or even have political opinions. Shining a floodlight on women's previously-hidden problems, Friedan takes aim at society's structural sexism and urges women to find fulfillment outside of the domestic realm that engages their full mental capacity. The Feminine Mystique is credited with sparking the second wave of feminism in the United States, and is considered one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century. Very Good / Very Good. [Attributes: First Edition; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books [United States]

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