When Betty Friedan identified “the problem that has no name” – the widespread unhappiness that afflicted well-educated homemakers in the 1950s and 1960s– she touched a nerve among women across America whose lives stood in starch contrast to the rosy picture presented by contemporaneous television sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver. Friedan’s work set off a firestorm of debate that was crucial to the rise of the feminist movement.
The Boston University Alumni Association invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking work The Feminine Mystique on February 12 at 7 p.m. in the School of Management Auditorium.
A panel of experts from across the country including three BU alumnae, led by Virginia Sapiro, dean of the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, will offer a critical exploration of the book and its legacy. Panelists will include Roberta Salper (CAS’59), Caryl Rivers, Eileen Boris (CAS’70) and Susan Riverby (GRS’82).