Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

-Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan

I can't point to any major episodes of sexual discrimination in my early life. But I was so aware of the crime, the shame that there was no use of my mother's ability and energy.

Betty Friedan
You see, ... you don't want to let them polarize family issues and benefits to split the workers. I think there's more usefulness in a benefits package that serves both.
Betty Friedan

It is perhaps beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not.

Betty Friedan
Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim.
Betty Friedan

When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.

Betty Friedan
There's no question that the black middle class has benefited greatly by the civil rights movement. But there is a large black underclass that does not have access to jobs. If there's no clear road to income and status except crime, we should expect social problems. You can't solve this problem without addressing the economic issues, and the same is true with gender.
Betty Friedan

The problem that has no name.

Betty Friedan
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
Betty Friedan

We may need new forms of union protection. It hasn't been thought through. And I'm not sure the AFL-CIO is on top of this,

Betty Friedan
Economic equity is an enormous empowerment of women. Having jobs that provide income means that women can be a more effective force, a more equal force, in the political process. Women with income take themselves more seriously and they are taken more seriously.