Lecture Two: Gender And Women’s Studies Readings
Friedan: The Problem That Has No Name
- The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It
was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the
middle of the twentieth century in the United States
- ―Is this all?‖
- ―Over and over women heard in voices of tradition and of Freudian sophistication that
they could desire no greater destiny than to glow in their own femininity.
o How to catch and keep a man, how to breastfeed, to pursue education only as a
means to seek men
- Truly feminine women do not want careers, higher education, political rights.
- Devote their entire lives to finding a husband and bearing children
- By the end of the 1950’s, average age marriage of women in America dropped to 20.
- Proportion of women attending college dropped from 47% to 35% in 1958.
- By mid 50’s, 60% dropped out of college to marry
- A new degree was instituted for the wives – Ph.T – Putting Husband Through
- By the end of the 50’s, USA’s birthrate was overtaking India’s.
- Women dying of