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date: 10 July 2020

Friedan, Bettylocked

(04 February 1921–04 February 2006)
  • Susan Ware

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Friedan, Betty (04 February 1921–04 February 2006), writer and feminist activist, was born Bettye Naomi Goldstein in Peoria, Illinois, to Harry Goldstein, a Russian immigrant who ran a jewelry store, and Miriam Horwitz Goldstein, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, who gave up a journalism career when she married. Both parents were Jewish, and Bettye and her two younger siblings experienced anti-Semitism while growing up in a southern Illinois community with few other minorities. Bettye was a sickly child, especially troubled by asthma, and she found solace in books. At Central High School, from which she graduated in 1938, Bettye excelled both in her classes and in extracurricular activities such as the high school newspaper and the school’s first literary magazine, ...

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