In 1963 Betty Friedan published her book The Feminine Mystique, which attacked the popular notion that women should aim to be perfect mothers and housewives as their highest achievement.
She argued, “We can no longer ignore that voice within women that says: ‘I want something more than my husband and my children and my home.'”
Many women, especially middle-class women living in the suburbs, responded to Friedan’s message, and her book quickly became a best-seller.
Friedan soon found herself at the center of a new women’s movement.