Friedan's farewell

A report on Betty Friedan's funeral.

By Rebecca Traister
Published February 9, 2006 9:16PM (EST)

Check out Sheelah Kolhatkar's reporting in yesterday's New York Observer about the funeral of Betty Friedan. Kolhatkar talked to friends, family, and other mourners about Friedan and her legacy. But her lead paragraph is perhaps the best part of the piece. In it, she dryly points out the irony that Friedan's memorial service was held in Riverside Memorial Chapel, in the posh heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side, "in the midst of elegant brownstones, where women who 'opted out' of high-octane careers spend their days pushing $700 strollers toward Central Park."

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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