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History Lecture Series

Women of the 1960s: Betty Friedan, Janis Joplin, Angela Davis

Wed. Jan. 30, 2019      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

William Rorabaugh, Professor of History, UW

Three American women helped shape the Sixties, even as the decade shaped them. Discover the story of this tumultuous time through the experiences of feminist author Betty Friedan, counterculture icon Janis Joplin and radical African American intellectual Angela Davis.

Admission: $12-$15; tickets available at the series homepage.

Students as well as federal employees affected by the government shutdown receive free admission with a valid id.

Recommended Reading

The speakers have provided a short list of suggested reading designed to enhance your lecture experience and inspire future exploration. Many titles can be ordered through University Book Store, where UWAA members enjoy a 10% discount.

Download a printable recommended media list for all lectures here.


Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (New York: Norton, 1963; 50th Anniversary Ed. 2013)

Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan and the Making of “The Feminine Mystique”: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988)

Alice Echols, Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin (London: Virago, 1999)

Sara Evans, Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left (New York: Vintage, 1980)

Angela Davis, Angela Davis: An Autobiography (New York: International, 1974)


Monterey Pop Dir. D. A. Pennebaker, Leacock Pennebaker, Distributor, 1969. Film. (View an excerpt from the Criterion Collection).

Headshot: William RorabaughWilliam Rorabaugh is Professor of History at the University of Washington. He teaches American History and is an expert on two periods of rapid economic, social and cultural change, the early Nineteenth Century and the 1960s. After graduating from Stanford University with Honors in History, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. His scholarly books include The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition (Oxford, 1979); Berkeley at War: The 1960s (Oxford, 1989); Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties (Cambridge, 2002; American Hippies (Cambridge, 2015) and Prohibition: A Concise History (Oxford, 2018). Full bio.

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