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Friedan's The Feminine Mystique

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Published in 1963, Betty Friedan's powerful book, The Feminine Mystique, resonated with many American women of the era.

What was the central message of Friedan's book?

A

Since WWII, American women had adhered to the prescribed societal role of striving to become the ideal wife and mother.

B

American women had contributed so much to the war effort during WWII, yet received little, if any, recognition for such.

C

American women have been persistently discriminated against in both the realms of college admissions and entry-level corporate jobs.

D

Federal and state governments have purposely ignored women's groups' desires to allow both birth control and abortion rights.

E

American women are at fault for abandoning the women's rights movement in 1920 after suffrage was granted in 1920.