Website established to recognize author Betty Friedan

February 19, 2013

Peoria, IL - A new website that pays tribute to author and former Peorian Betty Friedan and that will serve as an educational resource has been unveiled on the Bradley University website.

The Betty Friedan Tribute, a joint project between the Betty Friedan Tribute committee and the Bradley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been launched at http://www.bradley.edu/bettyfriedantribute/. The website launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Friedan’s groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique.

“Bradley is the perfect host for the Friedan Tribute page,” said Dr. Stacey Robertson, Interim Dean of Bradley’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Friedan's seminal book helped spark the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1970s with a strong emphasis on the importance of education.  Bradley was founded by Lydia Moss Bradley, who also saw the value of education. Both women paved the way for increased women's equality.” 

The website will be updated regularly with the latest scholarship and news about Friedan. Professors and students in disciplines such as History, Women's Studies, Education, and English will be encourage to utilize and contribute to the website and it is expected that schools and individuals will find the website an educational resource.

The Betty Friedan Tribute page currently features information on Ms. Friedan, her family, her writings, and her brother’s reminiscences about his sister. It also includes information on the Women’s Movement, photos, tributes, and curricula on feminism and women’s liberation.

The Peoria Area Community Foundation and its Women’s Fund provided seed money to develop the website.



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