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    Betty Friedan was an feminist writer and activist who fights for women’s equal rights and women’s movement. Betty Friedan is known for her book called as The Feminine Mystique which was published in 1963. She has contributed in women’s movement where, she helped women’s to have right to vote in 20th century. Betty Friedan was the first president of National Organizations for Women (NOW) which is an american feminist organization and it was founded in 1966 means 55 years back. This organizations focuses on issues like abortion, access to reproductive health rights, violence against women, equality and more. Betty Friedan has the main focus on women’s right like equal opportunities, equal pay, access of abortion, end of physical and sexual harassment at workplace these were main issues that betty friedan has focused and achieved for women’s rights and raised her voice against wrong to get the equal rights for women. As we all know that women were getting less job opportunities and their was no priority for women’s education like men due to which betty friedan has the objective to have equal opportunities of job and education for women. When Supreme Court has announced legalization of abortion in 1973 after that betty friedan founded National Association of Abortion Laws. She had also fights for the lesbian rights. Betty Friedan who founded NOW which was the great contribution towards women’s rights and movement which has really helped women.

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    By examining the idea of women achieving personal fulfillment outside of their established roles, Betty Friedan (1921-2006) broke new ground with her book The Feminine Mystique (1963). As one of the founders of the National Organization for Women, it also contributed to promoting the women’s rights movement. In the political process, she promoted an enlarged role for women and is seen as a pioneer for feminism and the campaigns for women’s rights. Betty Friedan is a bright student and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1942. Although she obtained a bursary from California University, she chose to go to work as a journalist in New York instead. Friedan had three children and was married in 1947. According to the Christian Science Monitor, she returned to work following the birth of her first child but lost her job when she was pregnant with her second. Then Friedan was home for her family to look after. But as a homemaker, she was restless and wondered whether other women felt like her. Friedan examined other graduates of Smith College to answer this question. The findings were the basis of The Feminine Mystique. The book has become a sensation — a social revolution that has dissipated the notion that all women aspire to be happy homemakers.

    Friedan pushed women to search for new opportunities. Betty Friedan has more to say in terms of limiting gender stereotypes as an icon in the women’s rights movement—she has become a force for change. In 1966, she co-founds and acts as its first chairman the National Women’s Organization (NOW). Furthermore, in 1969, Friedan battled to secure abortion rights by creating an Abortion Law Abrogation Association (now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America). She wanted the role of women in the political process to be higher. Friedan helped establish the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971 with other major feminists, including Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. The second stage was released in 1982 by Betty Friedan to encourage women to cope with the needs of their work and their homes. The feminist perspective seemed more modest than her previous efforts. In the 1970s, Friedan examined a woman’s existence at the Fountain of Age in the later phases of (1993). On 4 February 2006, Betty Friedan died in Washington D.C. of heart defects. One of the prominent voices of the 20th-century feminist and women’s rights movement. And the work she began is still carried out by the three organizations she contributed to set up today.

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    Betty Freidan is the journalist, author and obviously an activist, one of the important face of feminist, she was one of the early leaders of movement women’s right they, she is the co-founder of the National Organization for women, she is recognized as best selling author for her book feminine mystique which was a voice for millions of American women’s frustration that they were facing in that period, betty was very dedicated for her work, she wants to achieve status and recognition in the American society, so she kept on making efforts to reach her aim, also it books was very appreciated by feminist. She was very much involved in the political causes; Freidan took part in the issue of labor and their union issues and then her interest grows in the women’s rights movement. Betty spent five years of her life conducting interviews with housewives for researching her book. She called women’s strike for their equality on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. Also, she wants to create awareness of gender discrimination, she always wants to level up things the which she did to a very far extent. She was very influential in changing unethical laws and unfair hiring practices, gender inequality. Betty has made a big contribution to feminism. Betty Freidan her work is unforgettable and she is the inspiration for all today’s feminists who they look up to.

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