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Last night, at dinner, my daughter and I had a brief conversation about my blog and some of the people I know who read it regularly. Women like myself, mothers, educated people, women who chose motherhood as their primary daily occupation, people who don’t regret that choice but often feel confined as a result of it.
Suddenly, my daughter says, “This makes me think of that woman who wrote that book in the 60s, we learned about her in history class, you know who she is.” So I start guessing: Simone de Beauvoir, Gloria Steinam, Betty Friedan.
Unfortunately, after I learned that she was talking about Betty Friedan, the conversation got interrupted, and I haven’t yet had a chance to ask her to explain further why she thinks that Betty Friedan popped into her mind while discussing my readership. I can guess but I’d love to hear the reasoning that comes from an almost 17-year old girl.
In the meantime, I came across this quote, quite randomly, and thought how it succinctly expresses what I, and several of the women I know, are either in the throes of or thinking seriously about, at this moment in time.
“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own.” — Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
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