iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for The Feminine Mystique

Listen now 10 mins

Listen in pop-out player

The Feminine Mystique

Duration:
10 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 February 2013

In 1963, a frustrated American housewife, Betty Friedan, published one of the key texts in feminist thought. With its call for women to leave the home and enter the workplace, The Feminine Mystique paved the way for the women's liberation movement and became a bestseller. It called for a shakeup of the job market with maternity pay and subsidised childcare. Jo Fidgen speaks to two of Betty Friedan's children, Johnathan and Emily. The programme also contains archive recordings of Friedan herself.

Photo: The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Featured in...

  • Women in History

    A collection of interviews with people who were there at key moments in women's history

Free downloads

  1. Image for Sporting Witness

    Sporting Witness

    The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history.

  2. Image for Witness

    Witness

    History as told by the people who were there. Witness talks to people who lived through moments…

  3. Image for Witness Archive 2010

    Witness Archive 2010

    Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to…

  4. Image for Witness Archive 2011

    Witness Archive 2011

    Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to…

  5. Image for Witness Archive 2012

    Witness Archive 2012

    Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to…

  6. Image for Witness Archive 2013

    Witness Archive 2013

    Witness - history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to…

  7. Image for Witness: Black History

    Witness: Black History

    For Black History Month, listen to interviews with people who were there at key moments in civil…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss