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The Way We Were-1949

Getting married and raising children conflicted with the idea of gender equality for Betty Friedan. Jobs that paid well were seldom available for women. In 1949, women were told in movies, magazines, and books that having a man around was more important than anything else. Less value was placed on intelligence than on the ability to get a guy to propose. After all, who needed college? Betty Friedan was raising her first child. Social and economic equality were illusions for Ms. Friedan. An excerpt from It Changed My Life (1976).