Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times


Betty FriedanLynn GilbertComment
Mary Cassatt - La Toilette (1891)
Mary Cassatt - La Toilette (1891)

Thirty years ago, after Betty Friedan who set the second women’s movement in motion in the 1960’s, thought that the guilts of motherhood would have abated.

“The way... you can have children now, when you've already started on your work, and know what you can do, you are not subject to the guilts...That put negative valences on one's own enjoyment of motherhood… “  from "Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Have Shaped our Times"

Women, fifty-one percent of the population, are gaining greater equality. Much has changed, but dealing with the role of motherhood is moving at a snail’s pace. Life, now that women are part of the workforce has become even more complicated.  What can we learn from the woman who wanted women to have a choice in the kind of life they could have.

The oral biography and brief chapter of Betty Friedan from “Particular Passions:  Talks with Women who Have Shaped our Times.”  Friedan fueled the women’s liberation movement that continues today around the globe.

An excerpt from a review: "One of those rare, rare books that pick your life up, turn it around and point it in the right  direction." — K.T. Maclay

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