Friedan, Betty

1985 lecture program signed by “The Pen-Woman of the Women’s Rights Movement”

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(1921-2006) American writer, activist, and feminist, a leading figure in the US women's movement. Her 1963 book, “The Feminine Mystique”, is often credited with sparking the 2nd wave of 20th century American feminism. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected 1st president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men." In 1970, after stepping down as NOW's 1st president, she organized the nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality on August 26, the 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The national strike was successful beyond expectations in broadening the feminist movement; the march led by Friedan in New York City alone attracted 50,000+ people. In 1971, Friedan joined other leading feminists to establish the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was also a strong supporter of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution that passed Congress following intense pressure by women's groups led by NOW in the early 1970s. Following Congressional passage of the amendment, Friedan advocated for ratification of the amendment in the states and supported other women's rights reforms: she founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws but was later critical of the abortion-centered positions of many liberal feminists. Regarded as an influential author and intellectual, Friedan remained active in politics and advocacy until the late 1990s, authoring 6 books. As early as the 1960s Friedan was critical of polarized and extreme factions of feminism that men and homemakers. One of her later books, “The Second Stage” (1981), critiqued what she saw as the extremist excesses of some feminists. 8 ½ x 5 ½ program for Ms Friedan’s November 17 1985 talk, “What REALLY Happened in Nairobi-Women CAN Make a Difference”, sponsored by the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, Riverside YWCA, and Church Women United; her talk was the 1985 Ruth Shuman McLean lecture at the YWCA on S. 4th Street in New York City. Program is signed by Friedan on the front cover. In 1975, the UN approved celebration of International Women’s Year. As part of the celebrations they held the First World Conference on Women in 1975 in Mexico City where it was proposed that the following decade be proclaimed the UN Decade for Women and follow-up meetings be held in 1980 and 1985. The General Assembly adopted a World Plan of Action with recommended targets for governments to integrate women's equality, development and participation in peace initiatives. The 1985 World Conference on Women, or the Third World Conference on Women, took place July 15-26, 1985 in Nairobi, Kenya as the final review of the decade. There were 157 countries represented with some 1,400 official delegates. The general session discussed, among other issues, that women ought to be able to live securely under equality and justice, but there was recognition that time is required to change traditional views and make people aware of needed change. Programs directed at agriculture, economics, children, development, housing, health, technology and many others were examined and overall, improvement had been made in the inclusion of women's access. A Peace Tent was set up on the lawn of Nairobi University and hosted sessions about conflict and its impact of war on women with Friedan a prominent attendee. The Forum addressed issues concerning women who were poor, elderly, migrant or refugees, youth and women in media. The array of topics discussed in formal and impromptu meetings was vast. One of the most important outcomes was moving women out of obscurity and establishing specific mechanisms for measuring women's progress.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Program






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