by Alida Brilll

Betty Friedan (1920-2006)

“Betty Friedan died Saturday, February 4, 2006. It was her 85th birthday. Although she relished her status as an international “celebrity” I think of her as a cartographer. Early maps are never perfect. They have errors, omit essential places, and warn of mythical dragons, and some continents depicted turn out not to exist at all. Yet, lacking such early chartings, we would drift without any direction at all.

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