Overview Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A national bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold.
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The Scarlet Letter (Novel Book): It is about a woman in puritan times who has an affair. She is punished by wearing an A on her clothing. The man is not publicly punished, and it goes through her story. I would like to read this because it is a classic. I also would like to read it because of the women rights issues displayed in this book.
Published in 1792, this is one of the first published arguments for the elevation of women as intellectual equals.