PEORIA - The community is celebrating the anniversary of a book and author that sparked the feminist movement.
A packed house gathered at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to honor the legacy of Peoria great, Betty Friedan. Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of her book, The Feminine Mystique, which changed history for women across the world.
The event featured several speakers and an impersonator of Friedan. Peoria City Council member Barbara Van Auken says Friedan's legacy cannot be overlooked. And she hopes young women recognize how much she contributed and how many doors she opened.
"And the things you take for granted, I'm so happy you can do that. But take a moment to remember it wasn't always this good," she said.
The Feminine Mystique was published on February 19th, 1963, and is known as one of the most influential books ever written.
Friedan was a Peoria High grad who died in 2006.