Ideologies – feminism and background
1. In her essay “Our Revolution is Unique,” Betty Friedan reflected on
the difficulties that women often experience when they try to juggle
marriage and careers. She wrote, “I don’t accept for most women the
necessity of making a choice that no man has to make.” She added,
“we must challenge the idea that a woman is primarily responsible for
raising children.” Explain the significance of these two points for
Friedan’s liberal feminism.
largely voting rights
equality, what is required to bring about equality in society,
family, sexuality, divorce, marriage, structure of
parenting/families etc distinction between sex and gender > sex: male/female
biologically gender: cultural, chosen, masculine females vice
I. Betty Friedan and Liberal Feminism (“Our Revolution is
· Author of The Feminist Mystique (1963), which was a foundational
work in “second wave” feminism.
· “the problem that has no name”: the emptiness of
“homemakers” when their children have grown up.
** Friedan and the 2 Wave