In an excerpt from her 1963 book, "The Feminine Mystique", Betty Friedan defines upper and middle-classed white women's unhappiness about their lives during the 1950s as ''the problem that has no name.'' She identifies "the problem that has no name" as upper-middle classed suburban women experiencing dissatisfaction with their lives and an unarticulated longing for something else beside their housewifely duties. She pins the blame on a media that perpetuated an idealized image of femininity, a social construction that tells women that their role in life is catch a man, keep a man, have children and put the needs of one's husband and children first.
According to Friedan, women had been taught to confine themselves to a very narrow definition of "true" womanhood created by society. After World War II, women were encouraged to forsake education and career aspirations to get married as early as possible and have ...read more