“The Feminine Mystique” is a groundbreaking book written by Betty Friedan in 1963. It explores the societal expectations and limitations placed on women in the mid-20th century. Friedan coined the term “the feminine mystique” to describe the idealized image of femininity that was perpetuated by society at the time. This image portrayed women as solely focused on marriage, motherhood, and homemaking, neglecting their own personal and professional aspirations. Through extensive research and interviews, Friedan exposed the dissatisfaction and frustration experienced by many women who felt trapped in this narrow role. Her book sparked a feminist movement and ignited conversations about gender equality, women’s rights, and the need for women to have opportunities beyond traditional domestic roles. “The Feminine Mystique” remains a seminal work in feminist literature and continues to inspire discussions about gender roles and societal expectations.