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The Feminine Mystique

Betty Friedan's book - calling for women to leave the home and enter the workplace - paved the way for the women's liberation movement.

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.

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