First Edition of Betty Friedan's It Changed My Life; Inscribed by Her with a Full Page Inscription
It Changed My Life: Writings On The Women’s Movement.
Item Number: 2555
New York: Random House, 1976.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author, with a full page inscription on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
It Changed My Life is a compellingly readable collection of reports from the front, back in the days less than a generation ago when women were routinely shut out of the professions and higher education, underpaid, condescended to, and harassed without consequences to the harassers. The book describes the political campaigns for equal pay and job opportunities, for the outlawing of sex discrimination, for the Equal Rights Amendment, and for legalized abortion, the creation of National Organization for Women, the National Abortion Rights Action League, and the National Women's Political Caucus, and analyzes the antifeminist backlashes. Encounters with Simone de Beauvoir and Indira Gandhi are juxtaposed with moving and vivid personal struggles of many ordinary women. Among those women was Friedan herself, who frankly recorded her astonishment, gratification, and anger as the movement she helped create grew beyond all her hopes, and then raced beyond her control into a sexual politics she found disturbing.