Sexes: Are Women Male Clones?

Two disputes challenge the feminist consensus

Betty Friedan is getting hostile phone calls from feminists, and Rosalind Rosenberg, a professor at Barnard College, is getting icy treatment from her fellow feminist historians. Both stand accused of deviating from orthodoxy on critical issues of women's employment: Friedan for opposing the National Organization for Women on a maternity-leave lawsuit, and Rosenberg for putting feminist scholarship at the service of Sears in a sex-discrimination case. Friedan is "under enormous pressure" to change her position, and Rosenberg has been denounced for "betrayal" and her "immoral act."

In March, Friedan joined a coalition that supported a 1978 California law requiring employers to...

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