50th Anniversary of the Feminine Mystique - Discoveries Lecture Series

7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
SMG Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor
Boston University and the College of Arts & Sciences will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, the 1963 book by Betty Friedan (1921-2006) that first identified “the problem that has no name” – the malaise experienced by educated women who accepted the idealized homemaking role that was expected of them. As Friedan wrote in her opening page, “As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night – she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question – “Is this all?” The Feminine Mystique became one of the great inspirational texts of the second-wave of feminism in the US. Join a panel of distinguished women’s studies scholars, three of whom are BU alumnae, for a lively discussion of the original impact of the book and its significance 50 years later, and reflections on what has changed in the intervening half century. Panel members include: • Eileen Boris (CAS ’70), Professor of Feminist Studies, History, and Black Studies, University of California • Susan Reverby (GRS ‘82), Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College • Roberta Salper (CAS ’59), Resident Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University • Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism, Boston University • Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean of CAS, Boston University Discoveries, a series of dynamic learning opportunities for alumni and friends, features faculty experts from the College of Arts & Sciences. While this event is free of charge, please register at the following link due to room capacity: https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=139203