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?

About

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.