Women’s History Month: Betty Friedan


Emma Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! March is a month to remember inspirational and influential women throughout history. Throughout the remaining weeks of March I’ll be posting my favorite feminist heroes to celebrate their accomplishments. Stay tuned for more!

Feminist Hero and Author, Betty Friedan.

Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan is one of the most famous members of the feminist movement, but never seems to get enough credit for her years of work for women. Graduating from the prestigious Smith College, Betty worked as a part of a paper straight out of college, pursuing her interest for journalism. After her career in journalism, Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, changing the lives of many housewives the time, encouraging them to work and live the life they want. With many fans and attention from women nationwide, Betty Friedan took initiative to create the National Organization for Women (NOW). With the help from other women in government and many friends, Friedan created NOW in 1966 to help women receive equal rights. Shortly after her development of NOW, Betty saw that females were not represented in government, and helped to create the The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) in 1971. This helped women to get involved in government, working to equalize politics. A third large organization that Betty Friedan supported and helped to construct was the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL).


About Author

1/6 of the Executive Council for the NCHS Courant. Follow me on twitter for articles and tweets from the paper. Class of 2017. Intern at NewCanaanite.com and Golivegirl.com

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