Second Wave Feminism | The campaign for women's rights in the 1970s
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 22 June 1977
DURATION | 11 minutes 36 seconds
Betty Friedan, co-founder of NOW (the National Organization for Women), takes part in a studio discussion in which presenter Sue Lawley puts forward the idea that most of the legislative battles for women's rights have now been won and there is a danger that some 'women's libbers' are pushing things too far. A lively debate ensues, with contributions from the other guests on the programme and efforts by Betty Friedan to point out that not all concerns can be resolved through legislation.
The National Organization for Women is the largest association of feminist activists in the United States. It was founded by Friedan, among others, in 1966 to take action 'to bring about equality for all women'.
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