The Problem That Has No Name, Or Now Has A Name, But Maybe Still Doesn’t

feminine mystique copyToday is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan‘s groundbreaking book,  “The Feminine Mystique.”  Her famous assertion, that women are suffering from a ‘problem that has no name’ may still be true,  or it may not. Friedan’s book may seem old and out of date. Young people may feel it unnecessary to know about the book.  What the book reminds us of is, however, that we still have a problem–women are harassed, abused, suffer unequal pay, and more.  If it is less of a problem (since Friedan wrote her book) for us American women, it is certainly is true for women in far reaches of the globe, STILL.  Many cannot talk about their situations, and for many, it has no name.

Read more in my column.


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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