The book, The Feminine Mystique is the volume, written by an American activist, writer, and feminist, Betty Friedan during 1963. The book is widely accredited with sparking the commencement of second-wave feminism in America. The book is the thought of a perception that used while referencing the individuality of women. A thought that denotes a woman is recognized in society, and not by their academic qualities or capabilities, but it rather assumes the role of being a mother, a wife, the home keeper, etc. Women are scared to chase their dreams and do not perceive beyond being a mother, wife, or a home keeper.
Betty Friedan was requested to carry out a survey of her previous Smith College colleagues during 1957 for their 15th anniversary get-together function. The effects made Friedan found that several of them were discontented with their role as housewives in their lives. This prompted Friedan to start a research for the book, The Feminine Mystique, organizing interviews with other uptown housewives, in addition to researching media, psychology, and advertising. At first, Betty Friedan planned to publish an editorial on the subject, and not a book. Regrettably, no periodical had published her editorial.
The Feminine Mystique book starts with a foreword, explaining what Friedan named "the problem that has no name". The foreword part of the book explains the common sorrow of women during the 1950s and the early 1960s. It talks about the lives of quite a lot of housewives around America who were unhappy in spite of living in material ease and being wedded with kids. The book is written with 14 chapters, each chapter describes a variety of problems that women encounter in their lives as housewives.
At first, Betty Friedan planned to write a follow-up to The Feminine Mystique book, which was to be named "Woman: The Fourth Dimension," but as an alternative, she wrote only an editorial through that title, which published in the Ladies' Home Journal during June 1964.
The book, The Feminine Mystique, is extensively regarded as one among the most powerful nonfiction manuscripts of the 20th century. Alvin Toffler, an American futurist and writer, announced that the book has dragged the prompt on history. Friedan was time-honored with hundreds of letters from discontented housewives subsequent to the publication of the book, and she turned out to be the first president of a powerful feminist association, the National Organization for Women.
This book of Betty Friedan had sold in excess of three million copies by the year 2000 and it had been translated into several foreign languages. On the 22nd and 23rd of February 2013, a conference was held with the title “React: The Feminine Mystique at 50”. An associated show named REACT was on display, as well, which was composed of 25 parts of the artwork, reacting to The Feminine Mystique. The 15th anniversary copy of The Feminine Mystique book was published during February 2013, with a new foreword by an American correspondent, op-Ed writer and novelist, Gail Collins.
Furthermore, during 2013, to commemorate the centennial of the book, the Department of Labor of the United States generated a list of more than 100 Books, which incorporated The Feminine Mystique book, too. Later, the department selected The Feminine Mystique book as one among its leading ten books.