Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
– Betty Friedan
Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein
February 4, 1921
Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died February 4, 2006 (aged 85)
Washington, D.C., United States
Cause of death Congestive heart failure
Nationality United States of America
Known for Reshaping the attitudes of Americans toward the lives and rights of women.
Spouse(s) Carl Friedan (1947-1969; divorced)
Betty Friedan was an American writer, activist, and feminist.
A leading figure in the Women’s Movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the “second wave” of American feminism in the 20th century.
In 1966, Friedan founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women, which aimed to bring women “into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men”.