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Name:  Betty Friedan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Friedan was born and raised in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Betty Friedan was born Betty Naomi Goldstein. She was a feminist organizer and the co-founder of NOW - the National Organization for Women - and its first president serving from 1966 - 1970. She was educated in psychology at Smith College and the University of California at Berkeley. She worked as a journalist, teacher and lecturer. ''The Feminine Mystique'' is considered a basic document of the feminist movement.

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