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ANALYSIS OF BETTY FRIEDAN AND ANGELA DAVIS’ ARTICLES 2
1. Betty Friedan argues that there is a "problem" with women in the U.S. in the 1960s.
What is that problem? How does this reflect a discontent and backlash to the gender norms
that were reinforced after WW2?
In her article, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan discusses "the problem that has no name" to
illustrate the challenges that women went through in the 1950s and 1960s. She demonstrates the
way women were regarded as inferior people in the society, and hence their primary role was to
act as housewives in the community. The women were believed to be unpleased being
housewives even though they were perceived to live a good life. Friedan demonstrates that due to
the increased rate of being regarded as housewives in society, women's educational systems were
ruined since there was a decrease in the number of women who were pursuing their studies at the
higher institutions. Most women seemed to be dissatisfied with that even though it was according
to the culture that these women had to play housewives' roles. This perception led to decreased
self-esteem in the women since they regarded themselves as weak creatures, and therefore it was
difficult for them to speak up their minds. Friedan illustrated this to show the backlash of the
gender norms since the traditional culture implied gender inequality since it described that the
best role that can be performed by a woman is being a housewife. This also demonstrated gender
inequality since the women were not granted equal resources and rights as women did. They
never received education, social roles, and other economic activities that men were guaranteed in
society (Friedan, 1963).

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Analysis of Betty Friedan and Angela Davis’ Articles Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Instructor Course Date ANALYSIS OF BETTY FRIEDAN AND ANGELA DAVIS’ ARTICLES 2 1. Betty Friedan argues that there is a "problem" with women in the U.S. in the 1960s. What is that problem? How does this reflect a discontent and backlash to the gender norms that were reinforced after WW2? In her article, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan discusses "the problem that has no name" to illustrate the challenges that women went through in the 1950s and 1960s. She demonstrates the way women were regarded as inferior people in the society, and hence their primary role was to act as housewives in the community. The women were believed to be unpleased being housewives even though they were perceived to live a good life. Friedan demonstrates that due to the increased rate of being regarded as housewives in society, women's educational systems were ruined since there was a decrease in the number of women who were pursuing their studies at the higher institutions. Most women seemed to be dissatisfied with that even though it was according to the culture that these women had to play housewives' roles. This perception led to decreased self-esteem in the women since they regarded themselves as weak creatures, and therefore it was difficult for them to speak up their minds. Friedan illustrated this to show the backlash of the gender norms since the traditional culture implied gender inequa ...
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