Feb 4, 1921. The co-founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) was born Bettye Naomi Goldstein at Peoria, IL. She was an outspoken feminist who spent her entire career crusading for women’s rights. Her book The Feminine Mystique chronicled the frustrations of the 1960s American housewife, to which she referred as “the problem that has no name.” The book struck a chord with millions of women and is widely regarded as one of the most influential books of the 20th century. Friedan died at Washington, DC, on Feb 4, 2006, her 85th birthday.
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