Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

Betty Friedan -- The Women's Movement

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Betty-Friedan"It isn’t accidental that the modern women’s movement exploded in America because the ideology of the mainstream of the movement is first of all that women are people; and being people, they can and must demand equality of opportunity and their own voice in the decisions of society, human freedom, human dignity, all the rest that is considered our American birthright. And that’s all it was. Everybody had such a hard time thinking this was a movement without an ideology, but the ideology of this movement was no more or no less than the ideology of all human evolution and of American democracy, but applied to women. That’s what was unique, and it was applied to us. We did it for ourselves and not abstractly—grocery baskets to the poor for some other race." Betty Friedan -- Particular Passions: Talk with Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert. The oral biography of Betty Friedan, who fueled the women’s liberation movement that continues to work toward equal rights for women around the globe.

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