Betty Friedan has died at 85 of congestive heart failure. (If the linked four-page ABC News obituary won’t proceed page-by-page, click on “next” instead of the page number.)
Probably there’s not a Turnabout regular who couldn’t write a twenty-page comment on this woman’s career and significance so I won’t try to put in my “two cents” here. I’ll simply say that something which struck me about the linked ABC News obit was its complete omission of David Horowitz’s now-famous claim that, far from turning to feminism “out of the blue” in the 60s as a result of boredom in the traditional housewife role, Friedan had in fact been a professional journalist of the communist left for the previous quarter-century, was a known prominent Stalinist at Smith College, and was never in her life an ordinary housewife (her own ex said, after their divorce in the late 60s after twenty-two years of marriage, if memory serves, that she had never done housework, cooked, tended the toddlers, or otherwise played the trad housewife role during their entire marriage but had always had hired help come in and do all the domestic chores of a homemaker while she remained free to pursue her freelance writing career and other professional undertakings).
When Horowitz debunked her carefully-cultivated “originally an ordinary housewife” image it was big news, as I recall—at least it was on the internet starting around five or six years ago when I first learned it. How come ABC News in this obit has mentioned not a word of her life as a very active professional communist agitator prior to publication of “The Feminine Mystique” in 1963?
David Horowitz has said, “Her whole life is a lie.” (It looks as if at ABC News they’re still lying …)