Honors & Tributes
- A 1995 book entitled “The Most Influential Women of All Time” (Deborah G. Felder, author) put Betty Friedan in the 29th spot. She was behind Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Elizabeth I but ahead of Joan of Arc.
- A 1992 survey of 319 American historians and women’s studies experts said she was the seventh most important American woman of the 20th century. Mrs. Roosevelt led that list, the work of the Siena College Research Institute and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
- A 1998 book entitled “The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written” (Martin Seymour-Smith is the author) includes “The Feminine Mystique.”
- Upon her death in 2006, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Betty Friedan “as a groundbreaker for the cause” of women’s rights. “Women throughout America owe a debt of gratitude to Betty Friedan for her pioneering leadership in the field of women’s rights and her adherence to the radical idea ‘Women are people too’,” the resolution reads.
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More Honors & Tributes
- 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)
- Tribute to Author Betty Friedan By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
- The Name-Giver: A Tribute to Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
- Founding Feminist Friedan Dies at 85, Desert Sun 02.05.2006
- Mother of Us All, Daily News, Longville, WA 2-12-2006
- Living Tribute, Peoria Journal Star, 11.10.2008
- 'Feminine Mystique' at 50: Timelessly Revolutionary, by Craig Wilson, USA Today, 2-11-2013
- Betty Friedan Birthday tribute, Peoria YWCA Newsletter (ywords), 2-4-2009
- The dawn of a new 'Age' for Friedan, by Karen S. Peterson, USA Today
- She's Not Done Yet, by Murray Dubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Who is Betty Friedan?, Peoria Times-Observer, 5-3-2006
- Remembering Betty Friedan, Peoria Times-Observer, 2-10-2010
- Peoria's Least Celebrated Icon, by DeWayne Bartels, Peoria Times-Observer
- Betty Friedan Obituary, by Margalit Fox, New York Times, 2-6-2006
- Catalyst of Feminist Revolution, by Elaine Woo, New York Times, 2-5-2006
- Keep the 'Mystique' Alive, by Susan Jacoby, Los Angeles Times, 2-7-2006
- Roosevelt Dominates Survey of Century's Top Women, by John Omicinski, Gannett News Service
- Eyewitness, Getting Out, Getting On
- Friedan Put the Mirror to Our Faces, by Ellen Goodman
1950s Housewife to Women's Activist: Betty Friedan
1950s Housewife to Women's Activist: Betty Friedan was a project entered into the 2009-2010 National History Fair. This years theme was innovations in history.