Betty Friedan Tribute
To preserve the past and inspire the future of HerStory: Betty Friedan, a Sister Peorian.
Betty Friedan, a sister Peorian, provided a visionary grassroots movement to inspire women, once thought a damaged and weaker gender, to promote themselves and bring the issue of gender inequality to the forefront. This led to a profound cultural paradigm shift in how we view gender roles of women and men.
Our mission, with your help, is to preserve, promote, educate, and continually update the contributions of Betty Friedan through this tribute website to our generation and generations to come. Help us by filling out and submitting the Did It Change Your Life Testimony.
Coming In March - A Panel Discussion
Betty Friedan, the Feminine Mystique, and Women's Liberation in Historical Context
March 12, 2014, 7p.m.
Wyckoff Room, Cullom-Davis Library, Main Floor
Panel discussion participants: Tina Stewart Brakebill, Illinois State University; Stacy Cordery, Monmouth College; Holly Kent, University of Illinois at Springfield. Moderated by Stacey Robertson, Interim Dean of the Bradley University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Peoria's Celebration - The 50th Anniversary Of The Feminine Mystique
The Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute Committee could not let the 50th anniversary of publication of The Feminine Mystique (Feb. 19, 2013) go by without a big celebration in the author’s hometown. We thought it the perfect opportunity to promote better understanding of the most influential person Peoria has ever produced as well as to explore how Peoria shaped a young Bettye Goldstein. We further decided to use the event to talk about how The Feminine Mystique and the women’s movement that followed changed the lives of Peoria women. Borrowing from the title of Betty Friedan’s third book, “It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement,” we called our event “It Changed Us!”
To accomplish all these objectives, we created a program consisting of a keynote speech by Dr. Stacey Robertson, Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University, followed by short testimonials about how the events we were celebrating changed the lives of six Peoria-area women of significant accomplishment. We also heard from a Bradley University senior who recognized the opportunities these changes afforded her. All women and men in the audience were invited to submit their own testimonials on the topic “It Changed My Life!” In addition, Betty Friedan (played by local actress Cheri Beever) made an appearance. The night ended with a video showing of Barbara Mantz Drake’s 1999 interview with Mrs. Friedan for The Journal Star and WTVP-TV.
More than 220 Peoria-area folks showed up on a cold and snowy evening to learn about and celebrate Betty Friedan’s life and work. You can see and hear what they heard and saw by clicking on the event video. You can also read the testimonials several local women submitted as well as submit your own.
- Promotional Event Flyer
- Event Program
- Did It Change Your Life Testimony form
- It Changed My Life Testimonials from the 50th Anniversary Celebration
- Hometown Events Honor 'Feminine Mystique' Author Betty Friedan, Peoria Journal Star, 2/10/13
- After 50 Years, Peorian Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" Still Influential , Peoria Journal Star, 2/17/13
- 50th Anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique" Event Video, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 2/19/13
- Community Honors Anniversary of Great Peoria Author - Peoria news coverage of the 50th Anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique" Event. Special thanks to WMBD 31 for permission to post video clip.
- Speakers Recount How Betty Friedan Helped Make Their Dreams Come True, Peoria Journal Star, 2/20/13
- 50th Anniversary celebration wins award from the Illinois State Historical Society, Peoria Journal Star, 2/17/14
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- City of Peoria - Betty Friedan's birthplace
- Graduate Programs in Women's Studies page from Smith College Women's Studies. Program provides links to M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the U.S. and elsewhere.
- NOW (National Organization for Women)
- Peoria High School - Betty Friedan's alma mater
- Joan Korenman's worldwide list of programs, departments and research centers with web pages.
- The Feminine Mystique
- Tributes to Betty from Peoria & Beyond