Our Modern Day Betty Friedan Moment
Is this all?
Those three little words — Betty Friedan’s simple question — went on to define an era.
Her book, The Feminine Mystique, arrived on February 19, 1963. Per The New York Times Back Story:
When she wrote the book, Ms. Friedan was a suburban housewife and mother who penned freelance articles for women’s magazines.
She had become disillusioned by the conventional wisdom that all women needed to be happy was a husband, a home and a family.
53 years later many of us are experiencing a life that is the polar opposite of Betty Friedan and her peers. Since we find ourselves on very different paths, not surprisingly, we contemplate a different sort of ‘is this all?’ and its related pondering.
On March 9, you’ll get a greater sense of some of our modern day cultural questions. That’s when I’ll publish an interview with Lisa Manterfield. We conducted it as part of a virtual book tour for her latest, Life Without Baby: Surviving and Thriving When Motherhood Doesn’t Happen, which will be available March 7.
Meanwhile, another familiar trailblazer has been busy answering questions and lighting up the radio waves and the social media landscape. In case you haven’t heard, Gateway Woman founder Jody Day has a new book edition out. Living the Life Unexpected (officially available yesterday) is 100 pages longer than the original version. It is packed with stories of other Gateway Women (and two men) from around the world, as well as significant new content in several chapters. You can read more about her consciousness-raising work, as well as what led to her inspiring reinvention here and via the Gateway Women Facebook page.
Finally, I continue to ask my own questions about where we are in society and culture as you’ll see here in this Medium piece, which went live last night. It is generating loads of comments and shares on Silent Sorority’s Facebook page. Feel free to weigh in here as well.