A Viennese neurologist who developed the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. The popularity of psychoanalysis in postwar America, particularly its explanations of female behavior, led many women suffering from the problem that has no… (read full character analysis)
The co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the organization’s first president. Friedan was a feminist activist and sociologist whose first book, The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, signaled the initiation of… (read full character analysis)
A noted anthropologist, Mead studied gender and sexuality in primitive civilizations and applied some of her findings to American society. Mead, like many social scientists in the postwar era, validated traditional gender roles through her… (read full character analysis)
An American biologist, zoologist, and sexologist who founded the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Friedan draws on Kinsey’s broad-based research into the marriage and sexual behavior of Americans both to observe the impact of the feminine mystique on men and women and to challenge traditional conceptions of gender.