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Peoria Riverfront Museum: Celebrating 50 years of “The Feminine Mystique”

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On this day 50 years ago, Peorian Betty Friedan’s manifesto for the modern woman, “The Feminine Mystique”, was first published. The impact? Huge sales, wide acclaim, a change in the zeitgeist and, of course, worldwide fame for the author. Today, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is hosting a hometown celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Feminine Mystique”. The event is free to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at the museum.

Here’s an interesting roundtable discussion on the book and author in this week’s New York Times. Also, check out this clip of Ms. Friedan from 1964 explaining how the women's movement benefits men.

About the Author
A Juilliard-trained writer, Kevin Kizer has fought against numerous world-champion writers during his career, besting the reigning middle weight writing champion in an exhibition bout in Helsinki in 1976. He also played a crucial role on the U.S. gold-medal winning writing team during the 1984 Pan-Am games, where he came off the bench in dramatic fashion to write the winning prepositional phrase just as time expired.