The Feminine Mystique


Betty Friedan

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The Woman Question Term Analysis

– A phrase used during the Victorian Era to refer to the changing position of women in society and what their new roles would be, as a result of social change and their growing political power. Reform bills in British Parliament addressed the question in the 1860s. Philosopher John Stuart Mill, for example, introduced an amendment to the Second Reform Bill of 1867 in Parliament which would have granted female property owners the right to vote.

The Woman Question Quotes in The Feminine Mystique

The The Feminine Mystique quotes below are all either spoken by The Woman Question or refer to The Woman Question. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Domesticity and Femininity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W.W. Norton edition of The Feminine Mystique published in 1963.
Chapter 4 Quotes

Only men had the freedom to love, and enjoy love, and decide for themselves in the eyes of their God the problems of right and wrong. Did women want these freedoms because they wanted to be men? Or did they want them because they were also human?

Related Characters: Betty Friedan (speaker), Lucy Stone
Page Number: 82
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