Washington, D.C. — On May 23 the Center for American Progress will host Gail Collins and Anna Quindlen—authors of the new introduction and afterword to the 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique—to discuss author Betty Friedan’s legacy, as well as the unfinished business of the women’s movement.
Fifty years ago when Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, unmarried women in more than half of the United States were not allowed access to contraception. Married women in some states couldn’t sit on juries, get a job without their husband’s permission, or keep control of their property and earnings.
That world is now a distant memory. And yet the revolution in women’s lives that Friedan’s controversial book helped launch remains woefully incomplete. Individual women have made great strides professionally, and some have made it to the very top of their chosen professions. But for the vast majority of women, the larger scope of Friedan’s dream—that our society might evolve in ways that would permit women to reach their “full human potential” at work and at home—remains unrealized.
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Gail Collins, best-selling author; columnist, The New York Times
Anna Quindlen, best-selling author; former columnist, The New York Times and Newsweek
Judith Warner, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; columnist, Time.com
Thursday, May 23, 2013
12:30 p.m. ET – 1:30.p.m. ET
A light lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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