Rachel Shteir on Betty Friedan, with Katha Pollitt
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Thursday, September 14, 2023
6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
Hybrid (see description for details)
Open to the Public
Rachel Shteir on her biography of Betty Friedan, in conversation with Katha Pollitt
event location is hybrid
In-person: The Segal Theatre (Room 1218), CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016
Online: via Zoom
The feminist writer and activist Betty Friedan (1921–2006) was powerful and polarizing. Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein, Friedan chafed at society’s restrictions from a young age. As a journalist she covered racism, sexism, labor, class inequality, and anti-Semitism. Her malaise as a housewife and her research into the feelings of other women resulted in the revolutionary The Feminine Mystique (1963), which made her a celebrity.
In this biography, the first in more than twenty years, Rachel Shteir draws on Friedan’s papers and on interviews with family, colleagues, and friends to present a new Friedan for a new era.
Rachel Shteir is an award-winning essayist, writer, and critic whose work has been published in many newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Betty Friedan: Magnificent Disrupter, she is the author of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show, Gypsy: The Art of the Tease and The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting. She is founder and head of the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism Program at the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist and columnist for The Nation. She has written for many magazines and published numerous books, most recently Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights and The Mind-Body Problem (poems).
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