Emily Bazelon talks to Terry Gross about not having read The Feminine Mystique by her grandmother’s second cousin Betty Friedan until a few months ago. Friedan gave Bazelon a copy of the book for Bazelon’s bat mitzvah:
It’s such an embarrassing confession. First of all, I had this lovely copy, though I think I found it just too intimidating as a teenager. And then, second of all, I should have just taken a good women’s history course in college. My husband read The Feminine Mystique in graduate school when he was getting a history Ph.D., but I just never got around to it. My only excuse for this is I think the ideas in that book have seeped so deeply into our culture that I felt like I didn’t need to read it to understand the argument that Betty was making, although when I did finally read it I got a lot out of that.
Image of Betty Friedan via NPR