Inspiring quotes by Betty Friedan

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Betty Friedan

  • Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
  • Protectiveness has often muffled the sound of doors closing against women.
  • I wouldn’t be satisfied with a life lived solely on the barricades. I reserve my right to be frivolous.
  • Each woman is made to feel it is her own cross to bear if she can’t be the perfect clone of the male superman and the perfect clone of the feminine mystique.
  • There is absolutely no evidence that it is harmful to children if their mother’s health, well-being and autonomy and control of her own destiny is maximized by work outside the home.
  • I have discovered that there is a crucial difference between society’s image of old people and ‘us’ as we know and feel ourselves to be.
  • I was at a meeting two years ago in Beijing, and I passed a bunch of women who were marching in a protest. Their signs were probably saying something I wouldn’t have agreed with at all. But I was so glad to see women marching. And it’s happening all over the world.
  • It is easier to live life through someone else than to become complete yourself.
  • Neither woman nor man lives by work, or love, alone … The human self defines itself and grows through love and work: All psychology before and after Freud boils down to that.
  • A woman has got to be able to say, and not feel guilty, ‘Who am I, and what do I want out of life?’ She mustn’t feel selfish and neurotic if she wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children.

Betty Friedan (1921–2006) was a prominent American feminist, writer, and activist, best known for her pivotal role in the women’s rights movement. Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein in Peoria, Illinois, Friedan became a leading figure in the fight for gender equality in the 20th century.

Her groundbreaking book, “The Feminine Mystique” (1963), sparked the second wave of feminism by challenging the commonly held belief that women could find fulfillment solely through homemaking and motherhood. This influential work critiqued the societal pressures on women to conform to traditional gender roles and encouraged them to seek fulfillment beyond domestic life.

Friedan co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966, a significant advocacy group aimed at promoting women’s rights and gender equality. Her activism led to the advancement of crucial legislative changes, including the prohibition of gender-based employment discrimination through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Throughout her life, Friedan remained an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, addressing various social and political issues affecting women. Her tireless efforts significantly contributed to reshaping societal perspectives on gender roles and paved the way for greater opportunities for women in education, employment, and beyond. Betty Friedan’s legacy continues to inspire and influence feminist movements globally.

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