How The Feminine Mystique Dismantled 1950s Domestic Life

By Rebecca Rranza The quote “no woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor” comes from Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963. The Feminine Mystique was a widely read and influential work for middle-class white women of this time and it helped contribute to the Second Wave Feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. Second Wave Feminism drew attention … Continue reading How The Feminine Mystique Dismantled 1950s Domestic Life

When We Were Free to Be… Revisiting A Children’s Classic at the Heart of the Women’s Movement

by Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett Parts of this essay are excerpted from Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett, eds., When We Were Free to Be:  Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made  (UNC Press, 2012) If you grew up or raised children during the 1970s, there’s a good chance you remember Free To Be…You and Me, the groundbreaking children’s record, book … Continue reading When We Were Free to Be… Revisiting A Children’s Classic at the Heart of the Women’s Movement