History's HEROES? Dated February 4th, 1921 - February 4th, 2006

Betty Friedan

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Peoria, IL
Lived there and worked there.


  • The Feminine Mystique book
  • Helping to get housewives out of their house
  • Important person in the rights for women
  • Co-founder of NOW
  • Co-founder of NAVAL
  • Co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus


  • A good and strong leader
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Just and fair minded

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Betty Friedan Biography


"Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves." - Betty Friedan

The woman who worked to diminish gender roles.

Betty Friedan was a woman who lived from 1921-2006 and who worked to diminish gender roles in America. She co-founded many organizations for the empowerment of women everywhere, in all, she was a hero.

Betty was an American writer, feminist, and activist. She worked to diminish gender roles. She reached out to housewives everywhere and tried to tell them that they could do anything that a man could do. She was encouraging for many women and that was when they started to do other things. She wrote a book called "The Feminine Mystique" that was credited with the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States. She taught women that they could do things outside of their traditional job, being a housewife.

Life in Betty Friedan's world

Women were usually being stereotyped to stay at home and take care of the children. Then World War II happened, that was when women started to step-up and take the jobs of the men that went to fight. Some women felt uncomfortable doing this, and that's where Betty came into place.

Was Betty Friedan a Hero?

  • She taught women to stand up for their rights.
  • She made women realize that they were equal to men.
  • She made women know that they could do whatever men could do.
  • She helped women get out of their houses and go to work.

Things you might not know about Betty Friedan

Friedan co-founded NOW (National Organization for Women), NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), and the National Women's Political Caucus.
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