David Horowitz wrote an interesting piece about this titled "Feminism's Dirtiest Secret" in which he stripped this observation about both Betty and Carl.
[As well documented in her biography, Betty] Friedan, from her college days and until her mid-thirties, was a Stalinist marxist (or a camp follower thereof).
[This] secret was shared by hundreds of her comrades on the Left – though not, of course, by the unsuspecting American public.
The actual facts of Friedan's life—that she was a professional marxist ideologue, that her husband supported her full-time writing and research, that she had a maid and lived in a Hudson river mansion, attending very little to household duties—were inconvenient to the persona and the theory she was determined to promote.
Even the much-abused Mr. Friedan – also a leftist .... writes;
"I am proud of what she did for the world… Betty being monstrous in pursuit of her goals doesn't bother me at all. She changed the course of history almost single-handedly and it took a `monster' perhaps, a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did. Unfortunately, she was the same person at home, where this kind of conduct does not work."Horowitz notes: "What Mr. Friedan seems to be saying is that it was all right for his wife to abuse everyone else, but not to abuse him. This sort of thinking is typical of the Left."
Yes indeed - "the ends justify the means".