Happy 50th Birthday to “The Feminine Mystique”

the-feminine-mystiqueToday marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of one of the classic texts of feminism’s Second Wave, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. The book was a bestseller, the title entered the lexicon and women were offered a name for “the problem that has no name.”

Here’s a little Feminine Mystique at 50 quiz for you to answer in Comments:

1. Have you read Betty Friedan’s famous book?

2. How old were you when you read it?

3. Did it affect your becoming a feminist?

4. What stood out most for you in the book?

5. Did you ever reread it? Recently? Did you learn something new or have a different critique?

6. Would you recommend it to other feminists to read? Why or why not?


Michele Kort is senior editor of Ms. She is the author of Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro and coeditor (with Audrey Bilger) of Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.