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What People are Saying

“Betty Friedan remains feminism’s foremost visionary and thinker.”—Katie Roiphe, author of Last Night In Paradise: Sex and Morals at the Century's End

“Betty Friedan’s Beyond Gender breaks through the old schisms and divisions and gives us a new context for discussing a common agenda. Her book opens the door to a new debate on the relationship between family, the workplace and society that could help reshape the national agenda in the coming century.”—Jeremy Rifkin, Author of The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era

“With her usual clarity and perception, Betty Friedan explores the forces working against the family, and how fathers and mothers, employers, communities, and our country’s policy makers can begin to give our children all they need to become healthy, productive, and secure adults.”—Marian Wright Edelman, President, The Children's Defense Fund

“Betty Friedan slices right to the heart of what is perhaps the biggest problem we face. The rich are getting richer and everyone else is barely holding on or sinking. The right wing is calling on people to blame their troubles on the down and out. And progressives are too divided to push back. Friedan begins to piece together a brilliant solution. Every person of conscience should read this book and get on the bandwagon. I’m there.”—Arlie Russell Hochschild, Author of The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

“Betty Friedan sparked the women’s movement with The Feminine Mystique. With this book she seeks nothing less than to shift the paradigm of gender politics beyond issues of women versus men to address the needs of people—as family members, workers, and citizens.”—Douglas J. Besharov, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

“An energetic presentation of conservative and progressive ideas on creating a more liveable society—spiked with the spirit of Betty Friedan who pokes and prods us all to get out of our traditional political boxes and work together for the common good.”—Susan Bianchi-Sand, Executive Director, National Committee on Pay Equity, Chair of the Council of Presidents of National Women’s Organizations

Chapter List

1. Defining a Paradigm Shift

2. Downsizing: Women, Men, Time, Money

3. Flexible Work Options in Perspective

4. Welfare Reform, Affirmative Action, and Backlash

5. New Visions of Community

6. The New Paradigm and Family Values

7. Reframing Family Values – Children First

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.