The title of this book reflects what the author heard after the publication of her book "The Feminine Mystique". It helped women put a name to the sense of invisibility, powerlessness, and depression that Betty Friedan called "the problem that has no name". First published in 1976, it is a collection of reports from the days less than a generation ago when women were routinely shut out of the professions and higher education, underpaid, condescended to, and harassed without consequences to the harassers. The book describes the political campaigns for equal pay and job opportunities, for the outlawing of sex discrimination, for the Equal Rights Amendment, and for legalized abortion, the creation of NOW, NARAL, and the National Women's Political Caucus, and analyzes the antifeminist backlashes. encounters with Simone de Beauvoir and Indira Gandhi are juxtaposed with moving and vivid personal struggles of many ordinary women. Among those women was Friedan herself, who recorded her astonishment, gratification, and anger as the movement she helped to create grew beyond all her hopes, and then raced beyond her control into a sexual politics she found disturbing.
Betty Friedan was a founder and first president of the National Organization for Women, and convener of the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Abortion Rights Action League. She is author of The Feminine Mystique, The Second Stage, and The Fountain of Age. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell.
Introduction, 1998 Introduction Consciousness Breaking Through the Feminine Mystique The Way We Were--1949 (1974) Angry Letters, Relieved Letters (1963) Woman: The Fourth Dimension (1964) Television and the Feminine Mystique (1964) The Crisis in Women's Identity (1964) The Actions Organizing the Women's Movement for Equality NOW Statement of Purpose (1966) "The First Year": The President's Report to NOW 1967 "Our Revolution Is Unique": Excerpt from the President's Report to NOW, 1968 "Tokenism and the Pseudo-Radical Copout" (1969) Abortion: A Woman's Civil Right (1969) Judge Carswell and the "Sex Plus" Doctrine (1970) Call to Women's Strike for Equality (1970) Strike Day, August 26th, 1970 Critique of Sexual Politics (1970) "The Next Step": The National Women's Political Caucus (1971) Betty Friedan's Notebook Struggling for Personal Truth (1971-1973) Transcending Polarities New Power in the World Madame Prime Minister (1966) A Visit with Pope Paul (1974) A Dialogue with Simone de Beauvoir (1975) The Crises of Divorce (1974) An Open Letter to True Men (1974) Scary Doings in Mexico City (1975) An Open Letter to the Women's Movement--1976 Afterwords Afterword to "The National Women's Political Caucus" Afterword to "Madame Prime Minister" Afterword to "A Visit with Pope Paul" Afterword to "Scary Doings in Mexico City" Afterword to "An Open Letter to the Women's Movement--1976"