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Betty Friedans Biography Betty Friedan was born on February 4 1921 in Peoria Illinois Her original name was Betty Naomi Goldstein She was born a year after women won the right to vote Betty was the first of Harry and Miriam Goldsteins three children Her father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who sold jewelry and her mother was a newspaperwomen Harry and Miriam taught Betty to do her best in everything she did When she grew up she was a very self confident bright young women with dreams of going to college and having a family At the age of 17 Betty graduated from high school and was accepted into Smith College in Massachusetts In her 4 years there she improved her writing skills and got interested in psychology which she chose as her major She graduated from Smith College in 1942 with a degree in psychology In 1943 Betty moved to the west to attend The University of California in Berkeley 4 years later in 1947 she met Carl Friedan He was an Actor returning from the Soldier Show Company in Europe Carl was planning to start a summer theatre in New Jersey The two fell in love and got married Shortly after they had their first son Daniel Around 1949 Betty had Jonathan When the family moved to the suburbs their third child Emily was born Much later in 1969 Carl and Betty divorced As Betty Friedan lived her life as a housewife she started to think about wives and their roles as homemakers and that it was unusual for them to want a career separate from the family In 1956 she sent out questions to her Smith College graduates about the roles of housewives After nearly a decade of living life as a housewife she felt incomplete From the information she gathered from the answers to her questions Betty found out that other women felt the same way she did
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