This special issue contains five articles that build upon papers presented at an anniversary conference of the same name in 2013, the year that Betty Friedan’s iconic text turned fifty. The articles explore, challenge and supplement The Feminine Mystique, highlighting its popular and scholarly influence as well as its selectivity and silences. Individually and collectively, the articles add new perspectives to the existing literature on Friedan and her work. At the same time, they also contribute to understandings of the complex relationship between married women, domesticity and paid employment in the twentieth century, both in the US and the UK.
|Introduction: ‘Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique’ Special Issue|
|Rachel Ritchie, Helen Glew, Jane Hamlett, Sinead McEneaney, Zoe Thomas|
|Contrasting Trends in Women’s Employment in the Twentieth Century: Race, Gender, Class and The Feminine Mystique|
|S. Jay Kleinberg, Rachel Ritchie|
|How The Feminine Mystique Played in Peoria : Who is Betty Friedan?|
|‘Just a Housewife’: The Feminine Mystique, Women Strike for Peace and Domestic Identity in 1960s America|
|‘What is a wife’? Reconstructing domesticity in postwar Britain before The Feminine Mystique|
|We Called Ourselves “Feministas” : A Reading of Ana Castillo’s So Far From God and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique|
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