“As gender roles continue to get more and more confusing, and the question of whether women can really have it all remains unanswered, today’s show explores the debate between feminists and the Fascinating Womanhood movement. Who is really happier — the career woman attached to her cell phone like an umbilical cord, or the housewife and mother attached to her husband and diapers?”
—Dr. Carole Lieberman, host of Dr. Carole’s Couch.
To listen to the program, click here for the recording from voiceamerica.com.
In the 1960s, as the feminist movement was on the rise, a separate women’s movement also gained traction by preaching a wholly different message. The Fascinating Womanhood Movement, founded in 1961 by Helen Andelin, taught that women should submit to their husbands’ will, that women should not work outside the home, and that women should maintain a feminine appearance, among other tenets. Andelin’s first book sold more than 2 million copies … In a “5 Questions” email interview, Neuffer talks about her firsthand knowledge of Andelin’s work, the lessons to be learned from it, and the prickly nature of the word “obey.”
—Carolyn Lamberson, Spokesman Review
To read the complete interview, please click here.
“Our Access Utah episode featuring Julie Neuffer and her book, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement, elicited such a strong response from our listeners and resulted in such a lively and provocative discussion about women’s roles, that we invited Julie back for a second radio appearance.”
To listen to the program, click here for the recording on the Utah Public Radio website.
“It was a pleasure having Dr. Julie Neuffer as my guest on PoppOff to talk about her new book, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement. Julie enlightened listeners about a part of 20th century American history that few of us know about… the fervent anti-feminist movement that took shape in the 1960s and continues to affect all of us today. Dr. Neuffer handled difficult questions about a controversial subject with diplomacy and grace. Her expertise and unique perspective on women’s roles in today’s society were of great interest to my listeners, and we look forward to having her back.”
—Mary Jane Popp, KAHI AM 950, Sacramento
“Any female of any age will find herself intrigued with this book. Julie Neuffer exudes a most delightful personality as a writer and provides a wealth of information that opens up a historical topic and makes for interesting conversations.”
—Rose Colombo, The Justice Club, Freedomizer Radio
“Auntie’s Bookstore was thrilled to host Julie Neuffer and her new book, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement. Her presentation to a packed house showcased her brilliant research in an engaging way, inviting discussion and even a little humor into the evening. It was amazing to see such a diverse population turn out for an event, which inspired a spirited Q&A session. Julie was wonderfully professional, a joy to work with, and we can’t wait to have her back!”
—Jess Lucht, Events Coordinator, Auntie’s Bookstore
“Thank you for your Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research presentation on The Fascinating Womanhood Movement. Your sense of humor and your diplomacy make a quick and comfortable connection with the audience. I appreciate how balanced you were in presenting both feminism and the ‘other’ perspective. It is so interesting to hear the reasoning of women who think differently.”
—Carol Vines, EWU Women’s Studies Center