In this 7 part series, we will see the origins of the feminist movement and how it goes against God and His teachings on the ministry of wife and mother... and we will see how the seeds of discontent were sown for women and why the abortion industry has flourished..
Bettye Naomi Goldstein was born on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois. Her father, Harry Goldstein, an immigrant from Russia, owned a jewelry store; her mother gave up her position as editor of the women’s page of the local paper to raise her family. Bettye attended Smith College, majoring in psychology and editing the college newspaper. Under her stewardship, the paper became a forum for the fight against fascism abroad and in favor of union organizing at home. She graduated summa cum laude in 1942.
Betty, who dropped what she thought the pretentious “e” at the end of her given name, became a psychology research fellow at the University of California in Berkeley for a year after graduation, before moving to New York to work as a reporter. There, she became involved in labor union activity, working for union publications as a labor journalist and pamphlet writer and showing a keen interest in working women’s issues.
In 1947, she married Carl Friedan (d. 2004), a summer-stock producer who later became an advertising executive. The marriage, which continued for twenty-two years, produced three children. Friedan continued working after her first child was born in 1949 and received maternity leave, but she was forced to leave her job during her second pregnancy in 1953. She spent the next decade raising her two sons and a daughter. She continued to be a writer, this time for middle-class women’s magazines.
Snippets of this discontented woman's thoughts: “[Housewives] are mindless and thing-hungry…not people. [Housework] is peculiarly suited to the capacities of feeble-minded girls. [It] arrests their development at an infantile level, short of personal identity with an inevitably weak core of self…. [Housewives] are in as much danger as the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps. [The] conditions which destroyed the human identity of so many prisoners were not the torture and brutality, but conditions similar to those which destroy the identity of the American housewife.” — The Feminine Mystique, 1963.Here this woman has the gall to presume that domestic women are feeble minded. To state that this is akin to the deaths of the Holocaust is offensive to any woman... Sadly again, women have bought her lies...to their own hurt.
© Glenys Robyn HicksIsaiah 3:11-13 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.