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Stephanie Coontz: American Women In The 1960s And Today

Steve Scher
01/24/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

When "The Feminine Mystique" was published in 1963, Betty Friedan gave voice to a generation of American women searching for equality in the home and the workplace. Friedan was not a bra–burner, or a marriage hater. She didn't even advocate for women to pursue full–time careers. Friedan's brand of feminism spoke to well–educated, white, middle–class women who were looking for more in their lives. It may seem dated today, but for a generation of American women "The Feminine Mystique" was a groundbreaking book. Scholar and author Stephanie Coontz has chronicled the importance and the history of Betty Friedan in her new book "The Strange Stirring." KUOW's Steve Scher will talk to Stephanie Coontz about the history of feminism, the Mad Men generation and what we can learn from it all today.

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Stephanie Coontz will speak Monday at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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Stephanie Coontz is the director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She also teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia. She is the author of several books including "Marriage: A History." Her new book is "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s."

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