W hen Betty Friedan died February 4, 2006, on her eighty-fth birthday, her passing marked the ending of an era of the feminist revolution she helped to spark. Some would say that in America she started it all by herself. Certainly, e Feminine Mystique in 1963 fueled the re of a civil rights movement that was about to burn out after a decade of brilliant successes in the American South. e rights in question for Friedan were, of course, those of women-more exactly, as it turned out, mostly white women of the middle classes.