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The Second Stage

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The Second Stage
AuthorBetty Friedan
PublisherSummit Books
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The Second Stage is a 1981 book by American feminist, activist and writer Betty Friedan, best known for her earlier book The Feminine Mystique.[1]



Friedan contends that "first stage" of feminism, a movement intended to liberate women from their traditional role as only mothers and house-wives, was coming to an end with the deadline for the ratification of The Equal Rights Amendment, and that it was time to take feminism to a new stage, which could better deal with the issues of a new generation of women.[2]

Issues discussed include: the double enslavement of women at work and at home, the social evolution of masculinity, political backlash to feminist lobbying, developments in the field of management and leadership, and the need to recognize the social and economic value of traditional female occupations.


  1. ^ Sherman, Janann, ed. (2003). Interviews with Betty Friedan. Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-57806-480-9.
  2. ^ Robertson, Nan (October 19, 1981). "Betty Friedan Ushers in a 'Second Stage'". The New York Times.