By Stephanie Coontz
In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a typhoon of controversy along with her bestselling publication, The female Mystique. thousands of ladies wrote to her to claim that the publication had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many girls nonetheless remember the place they have been once they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, while the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for perky, beautiful gal typists,” yet married ladies have been instructed to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of relations lifestyles. in keeping with exhaustive study and interviews, and demanding either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a new release of ladies got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with household existence didn’t mirror their own weak point yet particularly a social and political injustice.
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A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz