Betty Friedan is a feminist and author of The Fountain of Age.


Despite demographic projections clearly depicting an aging population, America retains its obsession with youth and the culture of the young. This fascination tends to strongly suggest that advancing age is tantamount to obsolescence. And as the elderly are marginalized, talents and contributions that might have sprung from their maturity are lost to them and their society. Betty Friedan, author of The Fountain of Age, argues against the wastage in individual lives and communities nationwide caused by a counterproductive emphasis on staying forever young.