1966 October 29

NOW Formally Chartered


The National Organization for Women (NOW), organized by feminist leader Betty Friedan and a small group of friends on June 30, 1966, was formally chartered on this day. Thirty people attended a conference in Washington, D.C., which coincided with the event Friedan was elected its first president. NOW immediately became the leading women’s rights organization in the country.

Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, widely regarded as an inspiration for the rebirth of the women’s rights movement in the mid-1960s. See April 7, 1963, for the hostile review of the book in the New York Times.

Visit the NOW web site: http://www.now.org

Read Friedan’s path-breaking book: Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Watch a 1964 interview with Friedan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfgxHKli9CU

Read: Stephanie Coontz, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s (2011)

Learn more: Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan and the Making of The Feminine Mystique: The American Left, The Cold War, and Modern Feminism (1998)

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