As a national figure, Ms. Friedan was often in headlines. We have collected many of those snapshots, articles, and videos in time. If you are aware of any pictures, please contribute! We'll post, giving credit.
Though she was a magazine writer, far more magazine articles have been written about Friedan than by her. When she died in 2006, publications as diverse as Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times published her obituary. So, of course, did the Home Town Girl’s newspaper, The (Peoria) Journal Star, for which her mother once worked.
Books about Betty Friedan
This list of books and articles was compiled by Peter Couri, a Peorian with an abiding interest in local history.
- Breaking Barriers [Jules Archer, 1991]
- 1001 People Who Made America [Alan Axelrod, 2007]
- Feminist Social Thought [Vidyut Bhagwat, 2004]
- Betty Friedan: Feminist (Woman of Achievement) [Justine Blau, 1990]
- Woman's Work: The Story of Betty Friedan [Lisa Bohannon, 2004]
- Portraits of American Women [Catherine Clinton, 1991]
- The Sisterhood [Maria Cohen, 1988]
- American Women Activist's Writings [Kathryn Cullen DuPont, 2002]
- Backlash [Susan Faludi, 1991]
- Ripples of Hope "The Real Sexual Revolution" [Josh Gottheimer, 2003]
- Famous American Women Coloring Book [Gregory Guiteras, 2001]
- Betty Friedan: Her Life [Judith Hennessee, 1999]
- Betty Friedan: Fighter for Woman's Rights [Sondra Henry, 1990]
- Betty Friedan & The Making of the Feminine Mystique [Daniel Horowitz, 1998]
- A Feminist Critique [Cassandra Langer, 1996]
- Extraordinary Women: Fantasies Revealed [Ilene Leventhal, 2006]
- Betty Friedan: A Voice for Women's Rights [Milton Meltzer, 1985]
- Betty Friedan: Beyond Gender [Brigid O'Farrell, 1997]
- Betty Friedan: The Personal Is Political [Susan Oliver, 2007]
- Interviews with Betty Friedan [Janann Sherman, 2002]
- "Long Time Gone - Natural Woman [Curt Smith, 2001]
- Betty Friedan: Voice for Woman's Rights [Susan Taylor-Boyd, 1990]
- Voices of the New Feminism [Mary Lou Thompson, 1970]
Articles & stories
- Gwen Jordan article
- Bradley's Friedan website aids junior high school student in history paper competition, Laney's Research Paper, 8th Grade D.C. Everest Junior High School student, Weston, WI
- The Full Story on Peoria's Betty Friedan - Article link provided by Monique O'Reilly
- 'Angered Boiled Up, and Betty Friedan Was There': 'Feminine Mystique' at 50, The Atlantic, 1-28-13
- Personal Stories sent to National Organization for Women (NOW)
- Barb Drake speech, Barb Drake Q & A, Barb Drake’s Oct. 25, 2015, speech at the Peoria Riverfront Museum fills the Giant Screen Theater
- WCBU "It Changed Us", edited rebroadcast of the 50th Anniversary of The Feminine Mystique Event, originally aired by WCBU on 2-23-13. Special thanks to WCBU and WCBU News Director, Tanya Koonce, for her efforts in providing this recording.
- A Woman for All Seasons: An Interview with Betty Friedan, by Tim Turner, Hemispheres, August 1993
- At Lunch with Betty Friedan, by Deirdre Carmody, New York Times, 9-15-1993
- At Home with Betty Friedan: Beyond Mystique, A Frank Memoir, by Alex Witchel, New York Times, 5-11-2000
- Betty Friedan: A Legend at the Front of Social Revolution, by Marilyn Gardner, Christian Science Monitor, 5-17-2000
- Frankly Friedan, by New York Times contributor Alex Witchel, reprinted by the Orange County Register, 5-22-2000
- Betty Friedan: Feminist Keeps a Sharp Eye on Her Movement and Mystique, by Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times, 6-4-2000
- C-SPAN Cities Tour, Peoria, Illinois, October 2016
'Life of Betty Friedan"
Fran Kepler talked about the life of Peoria, Illinois' writer and feminist activist Betty Friedan
- Interview with Barbara Mantz Drake of Betty Friedan, by Elaine Hopkins, Part 1 Part 2 (Due to the type/size of these files it may take a several minutes to load)
- Interview with Anne Bradley Bodtke (correct spelling of Bodtke) and Dave Connor by Elaine Hopkins, video by MaryRuth Ginn. (Due to the type/size of these files it may take a several minutes to load)
- Esther Cohen and Her Memories of Betty Friedan, by Monica Vest Wheeler Part 1 Part 2 (Due to the type/size of these files it may take a several minutes to load)
- 50th Anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique" Event
- A Conversation with Stacey Robertson - About the era that generated "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan.
- C-SPAN American Writers II - This site includes various videos, including 70 clips.
- The Internet Movie Database - This site includes every video appearance that is available.
- OV Guide - A variety of videos/clips.
- Internet Archive search results - Three video clips.
- C-SPAN Video Library
- CBS news coverage of Betty Friedan’s passing
- Edie Stubbs & Betty Friedan
- WTVP Betty Friedan 1999 Interview conducted by Barbara Mantz Drake