Feb 10, 2013 — In 1963 Betty Friedan published a groundbreaking work that empowered a generation of women. With World War II over, women who had been working were told to find fulfillment at home. "The moment was so pregnant and ready for an explosion," says New York Times columnist Gail Collins.
Dec 5, 2012 — Lois Duncan's 1979 novel, Daughters of Eve, takes revenge to a whole new level. Author Mary Stewart Atwell explains why this classic novel is still relevant. Do you have a favorite story of revenge that goes too far? Tell us in the comments.
Sep 13, 2012 — Atlantic writer Hanna Rosin has expanded her cover story on women's new economic dominance into a full-length book. Reviewer Annalee Newitz says it's a good snapshot of a major cultural shift — but frustratingly contradictory in its approach.
Sep 10, 2012 — Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace — and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived. "We have to redefine what we mean by 'head of the household,'" she says.
Jun 23, 2011 — Edna O'Brien tells 11 tales of sex, love and death, and Steve Stern romps through 20th century Jewish history. Rebecca Traister surveys how the 2008 election changed politics for women, Darin Strauss absorbs a classmate's death, and Hilary Spurling resurrects Pearl S. Buck's life and fiction.
Jan 26, 2011 — On Fresh Air, social historian Stephanie Coontz explains how the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique in 1963 helped women view themselves differently. But Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring, also critiques many aspects of Friedan's pioneering book, including its omission of minority women.
Dec 9, 2010 — Fresh Air's resident book critic selects her favorite reads from the year, including Patti Smith's moving memoir, a feminist slant on election season and a new history of labor unions.
Oct 21, 2010 — Since Sarah Palin reclaimed feminism for conservative women and coined the term 'mama grizzly,' a diverse field of women has stepped forward. Women in the midterm election challenge traditional notions of what female candidates should look like, how they should campaign and whose votes they can earn.
Sep 21, 2010 — Rebecca Traister's incisive analysis of misogyny and gender roles in the 2008 election takes on Tina Fey's satire, "Iron My Shirt" T-shirts and Hillary Clinton's "Night of the Imaginary Tears."
Mar 25, 2010 — Author Susan J. Douglas explores Enlightened Sexism and the assumption that given women's progress, it's now OK to resurrect sexist stereotypes of girls and women.