Statement of Purpose


Statement of Purpose


National Organization for Women's Statement of Purpose


This document is the Statement of Purpose for the National Organization for Women. This document was drafted by Betty Friedan, the first president of the National Organization for Women. The purpose of this document is to outline the reason behind the establishment in the National Organization for Women and what the organization hopes to accomplish. It explains ‘how the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.’ It also entails the status of women since the end of World War II. It states its purpose to ‘take action and bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.’ It speaks on the declining position of women since the 50’s and 60’s and gives statistical evidence of the work placement of the percentage of women working outside the home as well as the unequal pay of women compared to men. The organization drafted this Statement of Purpose in 1966 and plans to utilize the organization to give women a voice which to speak on their behalf.


Betty Friedan, National Organization for Women


Mississippi Valley Collection. Memphis State University, National Organization for Women, Memphis Chapter. Mss66 Box #1 of 5


The University of Memphis Libraries


October 29, 1966


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Betty Friedan, National Organization for Women, “Statement of Purpose,” Making an Impact: The Lives of Tennessee Women, accessed October 21, 2020,

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