Baylor Libraries Symposium to Feature Friedan's The Feminine Mystique

Sept. 24, 2013

The 2013 Baylor University Libraries Symposium will recognize the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. The symposium will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Jesse H. Jones Library, room 200, on the Baylor campus. It will commence with a keynote address by Dr. Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita of Indiana University School of Nursing and will be followed by a series of panel discussions led by distinguished members of the Baylor faculty from 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, generated a second wave of feminism in the United States. Now, 50 years later, the fourth wave of feminism recognizes some of Friedan's same challenges. The Feminine Mystique's main focus is what Friedan calls "the problem that has no name," referring to the amount of unhappy women in the 1950s and 1960s.

McBride is known for her contributions to women's health, mental health nursing and her leadership development. In 1973, The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing recognized her book, The Growth and Development of Mothers, as one of the best.

The Baylor Libraries Symposium highlights research and scholarship at Baylor by celebrating the major anniversary of a significant publication. Each year a particular work is chosen based on its cross-disciplinary appeal in the humanities, arts and/or sciences. This year's symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, and the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.

The Baylor Libraries support excellence in teaching and learning, enhance research and discovery, and foster scholarship and success by providing academic life centers, scholarly resources, and technological innovation.

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