R.I.P. Betty Friedan, foe to coverture

In 1963, Betty Friedan shocked the nation by suggesting (in The Feminine Mystique) that waiting on husbands and children might not be the absolute pinnacle of fulfillment for all women. By airing this (again-revolutionary) thesis, Friedan paved the way for the contemporary women’s movement.

She died at home on Saturday, of congestive heart failure. Her funeral will be held in Manhattan today at Riverside Memorial Chapel.

Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed “tool of the patriarchy” relates her experiments with modern hair removal techniques.


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