By Stephanie Coontz
In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling ebook, The female Mystique. countless numbers of ladies wrote to her to claim that the booklet had reworked, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless keep in mind the place they have been once they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly all started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married girls have been instructed to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of family members existence.
Based on exhaustive examine and interviews, and demanding either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of ladies got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with household existence didn't replicate their own weak spot yet fairly a social and political injustice.
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She had turned 91 the previous week. Although I had never met her before, Thomas was first cousins with my grandmother. They grew up together in Detroit, separated in age by only a few months and were close like sisters. Despite the recent unpleasantness, I was happy to finally have the opportunity to meet her. As our conversation continued the following summer, I began to understand the complexity of Helen Thomas, an enduring figure who is at times as polarizing as she is revered. While presidents came and went within the White House walls, Thomas remained the one constant, and the men who had to answer to her—10 total throughout her career—always knew exactly what they were in store for as soon as they called on her: gritty, hard-hitting questions from one of the most indomitable spirits in the history of American journalism.
The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Thomas had come of age at a time when the thought of a little girl growing up to be a newspaperwoman was unimaginable. , immediately thereafter. Her life’s work began when she covered the Kennedy presidency as a full-time White House UPI correspondent. While given appropriately “female” assignments like covering the birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and detailing where the First Lady bought her dresses, it was still a sea-change moment, granting unprecedented White House access to newswomen of that generation.
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A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz