In the New York Times Sunday Opinion on May 8, 2011, professor of history and author Stephanie Coontz from Olympia, Washington wrote “One of the most enduring myths about feminism is that 50 years ago women who stayed home full time with their children enjoyed higher social status and more satisfying lives than they do today. All this changed, the story goes on, when Betty Friedan published her 1963 best seller, ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ which denigrated stay-at-home mothers. Ever since their standing in soceity has steadily diminshed.”
Later in the article she also writes, “Contrary to myth, ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and feminism did not represent the beginning of the decline of the stay-at-home mother, but a turning point that led to much stronger legal rights and ‘working conditions’ for her.”
Do you agree?