Changing the World
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America

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The story of the birth of the modern Women's Movement. When Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique came out in 1963, millions of American women felt the constraints of 1950s post-war culture, which confined them to the home or to low-paying, dead end jobs. At the same time, another group of…
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Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America
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