This Day in Jewish History Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique' Is Published

Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book challenged the conventional wisdom that a woman's place was in the home.

On February 19, 1963, “The Feminine Mystique,” by Betty Friedan, was published. Widely viewed as one of the most influential American books of the 20th century, it sought to debunk a popular belief at the time: that higher education was causing women to be dissatisfied with their "natural" role as housewives and homemakers. The book’s title referred to the postwar conventional wisdom that women were...