By Stephanie Coontz
In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling e-book, The female Mystique. 1000's of ladies wrote to her to assert that the publication had reworked, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many girls nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been after they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, while the sexual revolution had slightly started, newspapers marketed for perky, appealing gal typists,” yet married ladies have been advised to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of family members lifestyles. in line with exhaustive study and interviews, and difficult either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of ladies got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with family existence didn’t replicate their own weak point yet really a social and political injustice.
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A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz