Navigating the Second Wave

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In 1970, I read the The Feminine Mystique, the blockbuster book published seven years earlier by Betty Friedan that explored the idea of women finding personal fulfillment outside of their traditional roles.

That same year, I joined a “consciousnessraising” women’s group in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I was living at the time, and also became a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The year 1970 was also when I interviewed the famous Australian feminist Germaine Greer, who had a lot of thought-provoking things to say about the status of women.

I didn’t know it at the time but—voila!—I had joined the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement.