Introduction to Betty Friedan's Life
Betty Friedan was a feminist during the 1950's and 1960's. However she was most active in the 1960's. When Friedan was born, doctors told her mother she would never live a normal life, she was very tiny and her lungs did not work very well. However that did not stop Friedan, at a young age she knew what she wanted and she was very determined. Betty Friedan became a feminist because at a young age she observe her mother, Miriam Goldstein, and how she would act during her childhood. Friedan's mother would stay at home and take care of all her children, Betty, Amy, Henry Golstein, knew that their mother wanted to be an actress. Friedan's mother would do all the cooking and cleaning
Due to Friedan's mother's actions and feelings, Friedan at the age of 20 decided to take a stand and fight for women's rights because she felt women were being taken for granted. Even though her mother influenced her to fight for her rights and women's rights Betty Friedan also struggled with how men treated her.
Betty Friedan changed many people's lives especially women who were being treated unfair and unequally by men and society. Many people started to idolize her and think very highly of her because of how she encouraged many women to take a stand. Women became doctors and lawyers because of Betty Friedan. With the help of Friedan women got things done with their lives instead of being stay at home mothers. Friedan was also the co-founder of National Organization for Women.
During the 1960's there was a lot of new culture and traditions that people wanted to try put during this time period. Although there was negative events that happened during this time period. There was also war going on during the 60's and many people were upset, they did not want war to break off. There was a lot of movements and acts being passed, such as the Civil Rights Act and the Women's Rights Movement. In the 1960's women were being treated unfair and unequally than men during this time period. Many women during the 1960's did not work because society taught men that in order to be masculine women had to stay at home and do all the cooking and cleaning. Due to this not many women got an education nor did they try to achieve getting their bachelors. As a result of this more and more women became stay at home mothers. Before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy he gave a speech and in that speech he included on talking about the topic on giving more rights based on sex, color and religion, later on known as the Civil Rights Act. President JFK included women (sex) in this and this gave hope to most women because they wanted to be treated just as how men were treated, with respect.