Article on Betty Friedan Re-Examines Roots of Feminism

In 1963, Betty Friedan rocked America with her best-selling description of The Feminine Mystique. In that book and in her later writings, Ms. Friedan -- one of the founders of the National Organization for Women -- often described her generation as one of bored housewives, trapped by the belief that they could find fulfillment only in motherhood and marriage.

In 1973, she commented that until she wrote The Feminist Mystique, she hadn't been aware of the "woman