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A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s,9780465002009

A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s



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In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a storm of controversy with her bestselling book,The Feminine Mystique. Hundreds of women wrote to her to say that the book had transformed, even saved, their lives. Nearly half a century later, many women still recall where they were when they first read it.InA Strange Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the dawn of the 1960s, when the sexual revolution had barely begun, newspapers advertised for "perky, attractive gal typists," but married women were told to stay home, and husbands controlled almost every aspect of family life. Based on exhaustive research and interviews, and challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Friedan,A Strange Stirringbrilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice.

Author Biography

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College. Her books include Marriage, a History, The Way We Never Were, and The Way We Really Are. She lives in Olympia, Washington.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
Introductionp. xv
The Unliberated 1960sp. 1
Naming the Problem: Friedan's Message to American Housewivesp. 19
After the First Feminist Wave: Women from the 1920s to the 1940sp. 35
The Contradictions of Womanhood in the 1950sp. 59
"I Thought I was Crazy"p. 81
The Price of Privilege: Middle-Class Women and the Feminine Mystiquep. 101
African-American Women, Working-Class Women, and the Feminine Mystiquep. 121
Demystifying The Feminine Mystiquep. 139
Women, Men, Marriage, and Work Today: Is the Feminine Mystique Dead?p. 167
Acknowledgmentsp. 187
Selected Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 209
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