Friedan, Betty. Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Vt-1; DVD-34
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Betty Friedan
Title: Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006
Quantity: 61 videotapes
Quantity: 1 DVDs
Language of materials: Materials in English and Japanese.
Abstract: Video collection of Betty Friedan, feminist, activist, and author.
Accession numbers: 87-M7, 92-M131, 96-M122, 96-M141, 97-M160, 99-M137, 2002-M124, 2004-M79, 2005-M17,
These audiovisual materials were given to the Schlesinger Library by Betty Friedan and Marlene Sanders from 1987 through 2007.
Processed: November 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright in the video materials created by Betty Friedan is held by her heirs. Copyright
in other video materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors'
heirs or assigns.
Copying. Materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Betty Friedan Video collection, ca.1970-2006; item description, dates. Vt-1 or DVD-34,
reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is additional material at the Schlesinger Library; see Betty Friedan Papers,
1952-1993 (MC 576
), Betty Friedan Papers, 1933-1985 (MC 575
), Betty Friedan Papers, 1941-2006 (MC 577
), and Betty Friedan Audio collection, 1963-2007 (T-97, T-125, or Phon-7
Feminist, activist, and author Betty Goldstein Friedan (1921-2006) helped found the
National Organization for Women (NOW), and served as its first president (1966-1970).
Her first book, The Feminine Mystique, was published in 1963. Afterwards, Friedan quickly became a leading advocate for
change in the status of women in the United States. Her subsequent books included
It Changed My Life (1976), The Second Stage (1981), and The Fountain of Age (1993). Friedan was active in many feminist and political organizations, taught at
several universities, lectured widely, and published numerous articles on gender and
aging related issues until her death.
The collection is arranged in three series:
- Series I. Television and video appearances, ca.1970-2000
- Series II. Speeches and lectures, 1987-1999
- Series III. Symposia, 1989-2006
Video materials included in other finding aids from the library's collection have
been re-listed here, maintaining original reel numbers. Some items from previous finding
aids may have been removed because they were duplicates or deemed unrelated. Materials
are in VHS format unless otherwise noted.
Series I, Television and video appearances, ca.1970-2000 includes Friedan in interviews
and biographies, giving talks, as well as commentaries by Friedan inserted within
more general programs on the topics of women's history and aging. Items are listed
in chronological order. There is no reel 1.
Series II, Speeches and lectures, 1987-1999 includes Friedan's speeches and lectures
given at universities, conferences, the National Press Club, and Veteran Feminists
of America awards ceremonies. Items are listed in chronological order.
Series III, Symposia, 1989-2006 includes Women, Men and Media symposia on specific
topics related to the media's treatment of women, coverage of gender issues, and women's
representation in broadcast media; the exception is DVD-34, disc 5, which is a panel
about Friedan's impact on the feminist movement.
- Series I. TELEVISION AND VIDEO APPEARANCES, ca.1970-2000
- Vt-1.2-4. Betty Friedan At Home outtakes and pilot episode. Mid-1970s. Reel 2: Friedan chats informally with Enid
Nemy from the New York Times about "the woman's page"; with Barbara Seaman about her new book Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones; with Avodah K. Offit about her book The Sexual Self; with painter and scientist Alfred Lewin Copley (L. Alcopley); and with sociologist
William J. Goode about a McCall's survey on housework and women, etc. Reels 3-4 (on one reel): Complete pilot episode.
1 ¾-inch U-matic tape and 1 ½-inch videotape. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reels 2-4.
- Vt-1.5-6. Not for Women Only. April 23, 1974. Over the length of two episodes, Barbara Walters interviews Friedan
and her daughter Emily, and opera singer Robert Merrill and his daughter Lizanne,
on parent-daughter relationships. 2 ¾-inch U-matic tapes. 30 minutes each.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reels 5-6.
- Vt-1.12. Facing the Future: Working Women in Tomorrow's World. AFSCME Labor News Network. 1975. Panel discussion about prioritizing women's voices
in union affairs includes Friedan. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 12.
- Vt-1.8. American Express commercial. December 15, 1983. Friedan salutes the Statue of Liberty,
America, freedom, and democracy, and American Express for allowing married women to
have credit cards in their own names. 1 minute.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 8.
- Vt-1.13. Still Growing, After All These Years. Manhattan Cable TV, New York, New York. 1985. Program features seniors who continue
to challenge themselves in their later years. Includes commentary by Friedan. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 13.
- Vt-1.14. Private Lives, Public People. Channel 37, Del Mar, California. March 6, 1988. David Eisenberg interviews Friedan
on the 25th anniversary of The Feminist Mystique, the current state of women in the workplace, her upbringing, The Second Stage, and other issues. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 14.
- Vt-1. 9. Over 50 with Phyllis Sanders. WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. June 4, 1989. Sanders interviews Friedan about
her research for The Fountain of Age, ageism, and the changes in opportunities for women since the 1960s. 28 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 9.
- Vt-1.10. Voices of Choice. Program documents the pro-choice activities held across the United States on November
12, 1989, with the slogan "Mobilize for Women's Lives." Brief excerpts from speeches
by Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, et al. 24 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 10.
- Vt-1.15. Marilyn MacKay's Autograph. WTVS-TV, Detroit, Michigan. November 16, 1989. Interview with Friedan discussing
her upbringing, marriage, and the feminist movement. 28 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 15.
- Vt-1.16-17. Sonya. CNN. Late 1980s. Dr. Sonya Friedman and Friedan discuss the societal influences,
especially films, on feminism. 2 tapes. 22 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reels 16-17.
- Vt-1.18. Women, Men, and Media/Freedom Forum symposium "Diversity and the Media.." C-SPAN.
Arlington, Virginia. September 30, 1992. Friedan and other panelists discuss the portrayal
of women in the media, historically and today, as related to the political climate.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 18.
- Vt-1.19. Betty Friedan speech at Pennsylvania State University [University Park, Pennsylvania].
C-NET. January 12, 1993. Friedan delivers a speech entitled "Sex, Lies and Politics"
in which she discusses recent events such as the Anita Hill hearings, the increase
in numbers of women in political office, misinformation about "family values," reproductive
rights, etc. 75 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 19.
- Vt-1.20. The Open Mind. September 15, 1993. Richard D. Hefner interviews Friedan on her book, The Fountain of Age, and on aging generally. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 20.
- Vt-1.21. Booknotes. C-SPAN. September 27, 1993. Friedan discusses doing research for The Fountain of Age, including going on an Outward Bound retreat for seniors. 63 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 21.
- Vt-1.22. "Playboy/ Women's Issues: 'Betty Friedan.'" December 16, 1993. Source footage of an interview
with Friedan discussing her initial reaction to the Playboy bunny, freedom of speech
and pornography, a previous interview with Playboy, etc. 21 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 22.
- Vt-1.23. Time for a Change. WPIX-TV, New York. February 14-16, 1994. News piece featuring menopause, women's
health and sex lives; Friedan comments throughout. 11 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 23.
- Vt-1.24. Equal Time. CNBC. September 29, 1994. Mary Matalin and Sally Quinn interview Friedan on The Fountain of Age and feminism. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 24.
- Vt-1.25. A Word on Words. WDCN, Nashville, Tennessee. 1994. Friedan discusses The Fountain of Age and aging generally. 28 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 25.
- Vt-1.26. This Is America with Dennis Wholey. 1994. WHMM-TV, Washington, D.C. Dinner party discussion with George Takei, Richard
Bach, Roger Wilkins, Betty Friedan, and others about their experiences growing up
in the United States. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 26.
- Vt-1.27. NewsTalk Television. January 25, 1996. Friedan is interviewed, with others, in a heated discussion about
raising the minimum wage. 118 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 27.
- Vt-1.28. Think Tank. March 28, 1996. Friedan and other guests discuss the topic "Are Older People Getting
Younger?" 27 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 28.
- Vt-1.29. Sunday Journal. C-SPAN. May 5, 1996. Friedan and California Congressman Tom Campbell discuss current
events such as abortion, the deficit and the economy, etc. 63 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 29.
- Vt-1.30. United Nations Women's Conference: One Year Later. September 28, 1996. Panelists, including Geraldine Ferraro, Maureen Reagan, Donna
Shalala, and others, discuss the current state of women's rights. Friedan is twice
interviewed from the audience. Hillary Clinton gives the opening remarks. The panel
takes callers from around the country. 137 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 30.
- Vt-1.31. Debates Debates. "Is It Time For the Feminist to Declare Victory and Move On?" May 8, 1997. Friedan
and others debate both sides of the issue. 60 min.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 31.
- Vt-1.32. America & The 21st Century. C-SPAN. 1997. As part of a series of speakers hosted by United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum, Friedan discusses her early career, anti-semitism, the women's movement
in the 20th century, and other issues. Takes questions. 131 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 32.
- Vt-1.33. The Fifties. "Let's Play House." 1997. Includes an interview with Friedan including her early
career and her research at Smith College. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 33.
- Vt-1.34. Aging Successfully: Psychological Aspects of Growing Old. 1998. Educational video includes a brief interview with Friedan. 31 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 34.
- Vt-1.35. The Age to Be. February 11, 1999. Friedan and others discuss aging. Also includes vignettes about
active seniors such as the Raging Grannies and others. 48 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 35.
- Vt-1.36. [20th Century: Quickly Approaching Desire.] Japanese television program on the closing of the 20th century. 1999. Program features
archival footage and highlights from United States history during the 20th century,
including a brief piece on Friedan. In Japanese. 120 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 36.
- Vt-1.37. Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports. 1999. This history of women athletes in the United States includes a brief interview
with Betty Friedan. 82 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 37.
- Vt-1.38. Intimate Portrait: Betty Friedan. Lifetime Television. 1999. Documentary biography of Friedan. 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 38.
- Vt-1.39. These Vital Years: A Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76. 2000. Friedan discusses aging, staying active, etc.; and the program gives a biographical
sketch. 25 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 39.
- Vt-1.40. Women's History Month/"Take a Minute" spot featuring Friedan. Lifetime. n.d. 1 minute.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 40.
- Series II. SPEECHES AND LECTURES, 1987-1999
- Vt-1.11. Friedan talks to ["JFK"] group in Boston, Massachusetts. 1987. Friedan discusses the
changing definition of "woman," equal job opportunity, surrogate motherhood (Baby
M case), and the need for stronger economic priorities in the women's movement. 43
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 11.
- Vt-1.41. Friedan at University of Southern California School of Medicine. March 3, 1995. Friedan
lectures on the societal changes over time from The Feminine Mystique to The Fountain of Age. 82 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 41.
- Vt-1.42. "A Seminar with Betty Friedan." Los Angeles, California. April 7, 1995. Friedan discusses
downsizing and the backlash against women, people of color, and older workers; affirmative
action; "family values;" and other issues. Members of the panel address questions
from the audience. 180 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 42.
- Vt-1.43. "Harper's Magazine Downsizing Forum." National Press Club, Washington, D.C. October 5, 1995. Panel discussion
includes Friedan. 105 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 43.
- Vt-1.44. "The Future of Aging: New Paradigm, New Vision." 1995. American Society of Aging Annual
Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia. Opening general session panel discussion includes Friedan.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 44.
- Vt-1.45-46. "Honoring Prime Movers" November 21-22. 1996. Barnard College. New York. Reel 45:
Veteran Feminists of America celebrate the group's 30th anniversary. Mary Eastwood,
Dorothy Haener, Friedan and others discuss the origins of the women's rights movement
and NOW. Related footage from the larger celebration follows, during which Friedan
is a presenter. Reel 46: Members honor each other with a number of medals of achievement.
Friedan is a presenter. 2 tapes. 535 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 45-46.
- Vt-1.47. "Honoring Kate." November 7. 1998. Veteran Feminists of America honor Kate Millett.
Friedan is a speaker; Gloria Steinem is the mistress of ceremonies. 160 min.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 47.
- Vt-1.48. "Honoring Betty Friedan Dinner." November 12, 1999. Veteran Feminists of America honor
Friedan, who makes the opening and closing remarks. A series of speakers giving personal
anecdotes about Friedan's influence and feminism follow. 113 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 48.
- Series III. SYMPOSIA, 1989-2006
- Vt-1.49. "Women, Men, and Media: An Overview." April 19, 1989. 1 BetaSP. 10 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 49.
- Vt-1.50. Women, Men and Media symposium. "Sex, Lies, and Politics." New York University. New
York. December 2, 1991. Friedan opens the symposium; panelists from the media discuss
the topic. 52 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 50.
- Vt-1.51-53. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Hard Times: Polarization & Sexual Backlash." Los
Angeles, California. April 4 (or 6?), 1992. Speakers, including Friedan, discuss women,
minority groups, and other outsiders in the media and entertainment industries. Poor
image quality, but sound is fine. 3 tapes. 290 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 51-53.
- Vt-1.54-55. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Sex, Race & Polarization in the Media." New York
University. New York. May 4, 1992. Over the course of two panels, speakers in media
industries and Friedan discuss the coverage of the Rodney King verdict, minority groups
generally, and women in the media and entertainment industries. 2 tapes. 105 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 54-55.
- Vt-1.56. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Cable vs. Broadcast: Do Women Make a Difference?"
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. May 20, 1992. Friedan discusses the percentage
of women in the media, both employed therein and in news stories. Panelists include
women working in the field. 104 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 56.
- Vt-1.57-58. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Media and the Family: Scapegoats and Realities."
New York. October 21, 1992. Friedan opens the panel discussion about skewed coverage
of "family values" in the media. 2 Hi-8 videotapes. 150 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reels 57-58.
- Vt-1.59. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Talk Radio – Where Are the Women?" December 7, 1993.
Friedan opens the symposium her experience as a guest on talk radio shows, and the
dearth of women on those programs. 78 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reel 59.
- Vt-1.60-63. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Sex, Violence or Love between Equals." University
of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. April 28, 1994. Friedan opens and
hosts the symposium during which several panelists from the entertainment and media
industries discuss the representation of men and women in the media. Includes award
ceremony and question and answer session. Video image is poor, but sound is fine.
4 tapes. 260 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-1, reels 60-63.
- DVD-34.5. Betty Friedan Remembered: A Panel. April 24, 2006. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Panelists, including Muriel
Fox, Sheila Tobias, and others discuss Friedan's impact on the feminist movement.
DVD. 79 minutes.
REQUEST AS DVD-34, disc 5.
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