Women and the First Amendment

Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique and one of the founders of the National Organization of Women, spoke at the Freedom Forum on… read more

Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique and one of the founders of the National Organization of Women, spoke at the Freedom Forum on the portrayal of women in the media. Ms. Friedan is currently the co-chair of the media project Women, Men and Media, which examines how women are represented in the mass media. Ms. Friedan said the portrayal of women in the mass media often acts as a predictor of how the cause of women’s rights will be advanced in the future, and it also affects how women see themselves and their aspirations. Ms. Friedan said the 1990's showed a “backsliding” of women’s advances in decision-making in television, broadcasting, and the movies. A symbolic “annihilation” of women had occurred in the national media in the 1990's, where women occupied leading roles in only 15 percent of national media coverage of events and issues. She went on to relate the relative absence of women from the media to the reduction in First Amendment rights of women as a group. She recommended women advance their cause in the political forum and show new concern with their political leadership as the Supreme Court seems likely to discard precedents ensuring individual liberties. close

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Program ID:
18647-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 1, 1991
Last Aired:
Jul 7, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jul 01, 1991 | 3:46pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 01, 1991 | 6:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 4:17am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 9:30am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 12:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 07, 1991 | 8:10am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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