The book that changed the world with a problem

February 24, 2011 | Catherine

It’s dedicated to “all new women, and the new men.” On the back cover it’s touted as “the book that changed the consciousness of a country – and the world.” It was Betty Friedan’s personal “question mark.” In fact, it was with this book, that Betty Friedan wrapped up a problem, “the problem that has no name,” and gave it to the world.

The book is . . . The Feminine Mystique.

And now, 48 years after it was first published, the onus is on us, conservative women, to figure out if this book that “changed the world so comprehensively,” did in fact change the world for good or for ill.

I guess we’ll only find out if we read it! My NeW sister, Annemarie and I will be volleying back and forth with posts each week on the consecutive chapters of The Feminine Mystique. We’ll kick off the first chapter soon. See if you can’t find your own copy of The Feminine Mystique on Amazon or at your library.

Perhaps, The Feminine Mystique will help us answer a question like, “Where have all the good men gone?” that was raised in the Wall Street Journal last week? Or maybe The Feminine Mystique will supply the reason as to why female happiness is steadily declining, as observed in the American Economic Journal in 2009?

In the meantime, keep living the dream.

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