By Stephanie Coontz
In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling e-book, The female Mystique. hundreds of thousands of ladies wrote to her to assert that the booklet had reworked, even kept, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been after they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married girls have been advised to stick domestic, and husbands managed nearly each element of family members lifestyles.
Based on exhaustive examine and interviews, and demanding either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with household lifestyles didn't replicate their own weak spot yet quite a social and political injustice.
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But while the EEOC immediately ruled that job ads specifying a particular race violated the act, it balked at concluding the same for ads segregated by sex. The New York Times did not abolish gender-segregated ads until 1968. In September 1965, activists in the stewardesses’ union managed to get a hearing before the House Labor subcommittee to protest the airlines’ policy of forcing them to retire when they reached their early thirties, but the legislators failed to take their complaints seriously.
The law did not recognize that a married woman could be raped by her husband. Once a woman said “I do,” she was assumed to have said “I will” for the rest of her married life. The courts held that the marriage vows implied consent to intercourse. Not until 1975 did the first state— South Dakota—make spousal rape a crime. North Carolina did not do so until 1993. Many states also did not take domestic violence seriously, often requiring police officers to see a man assault his wife before they could make an arrest.
The writers used words such as “desperate” and “overwhelming” to describe their lives. ” Until reading the article, she continued, “I had been unhappily living in the belief that my feelings about marriage were all wrong, that no other woman feels as I do. . ” In a letter dated August 21, 1960, one woman wrote, “For the past year, I have been in a quandary, trying to find an answer to some of the questions you pose in your article. There were times when I felt that the only answer was to consult a psychiatrist and had I the money, probably would have!
A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz