The women who stayed home showed feelings of agitation and sadness.
She concluded that many of these unhappy women had emerged themselves in the idea that they should not have any ambitions outside their home.
The report revealed, that there was gender inequality, but also recommended changing it by giving paid maternity leave, greater access to education, and help with child care, along with Friedan's book, which spoke to the discontent of many women (especially housewives), led to the formation of many local, state, and federal government women's groups as well as many independent feminist organizations.
Some important events laid the groundwork for the second wave.
French writer Simone de Beauvoir had in the 1940s examined the notion of women being perceived as "other" in the patriarchal society.
In 1963 Betty Friedan, influenced by The Second Sex, wrote the bestselling book The Feminine Mystique.
Discussing primarily white women, she explicitly objected to how women were depicted in the mainstream media, and how placing them at home limited their possibilities and wasted potential.