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By Stephanie Coontz

ISBN-10: 0465022324

ISBN-13: 9780465022328

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a typhoon of controversy along with her bestselling publication, The female Mystique. countless numbers of girls wrote to her to assert that the ebook had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless keep in mind the place they have been after they first learn it.

In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly all started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married ladies have been advised to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of family members existence.

Based on exhaustive study and interviews, and difficult either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a new release of ladies got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with household lifestyles didn't mirror their own weak point yet relatively a social and political injustice.

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

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy along with her bestselling publication, the female Mystique. hundreds and hundreds of girls wrote to her to claim that the ebook had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been after they first learn it.

In an odd Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married girls have been instructed to stick domestic, and husbands managed nearly each element of kin existence.

Based on exhaustive study and interviews, and demanding either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, an odd Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with family existence didn't mirror their own weak spot yet relatively a social and political injustice.

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Many blamed higher education for distracting women with lofty academic studies they would never use instead of properly preparing them for marriage and motherhood. Some commentators noted that modern appliances were not yet efficient enough to compensate for the decline of household help since World War II, so young mothers were overwhelmed with work. Others expressed the opposite view, that mass production had taken over many of women’s more challenging household tasks, so that wives needed to try harder to find creativity and novelty in their work as homemakers.

But the tide of public opinion had begun to swing against the televised hearings where congressmen waved lists of suspected “reds” and demanded under threat of jail time that witnesses name everyone they knew who might ever have attended a left-wing meeting. On the nation’s campuses, student groups were beginning to protest the strict rules set up by administrators acting in loco parentis. When it came to women, however, the laws, practices, and attitudes of 1963 had more in common with those of the first fifty years of the century than what was to come in the next twenty years.

Was still entirely male. Female reporters who went there to hear a talk by black union leader A. Philip Randolph just before the August 1963 rally where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech had to sit in a small balcony away from the rest of the audience, where they were not able to ask questions. And at that historic rally for equality, not one woman was among the ten speakers, although “Mrs. Medger Evers” did introduce a tribute to six “Negro women fighters for freedom,” who stood silently on the stage.

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