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Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant

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Anonymous in Their Own Names recounts the lives of three women who, while working as their husbands' uncredited professional partners, had a profound and enduring impact on the media in the first half of the twentieth century. With her husband, Edward L. Bernays, Doris E. Fleischman helped found and form the field of public relations. Ruth Hale helped her husband, Heywood Broun, become one of the most popular and influential newspaper columnists of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1925 Jane Grant and her husband, Harold Ross, started the New Yorker magazine.

Yet these women's achievements have been invisible to countless authors who have written about their husbands. This invisibility is especially ironic given that all three were feminists who kept their birth names when they married as a sign of their equality with their husbands, then battled the government and societal norms to retain their names. Hale and Grant so believed in this cause that in 1921 they founded the Lucy Stone League to help other women keep their names, and Grant and Fleischman revived the league in 1950. This was the same year Grant and her second husband, William Harris, founded White Flower Farm, pioneering at that time and today one of the country's most celebrated commercial nurseries.

Despite strikingly different personalities, the three women were friends and lived in overlapping, immensely stimulating New York City circles. Susan Henry explores their pivotal roles in their husbands' extraordinary success and much more, including their problematic marriages and their strategies for overcoming barriers that thwarted many of their contemporaries.

Synopsis:

A collective biography of three New York City women who pushed boundaries, changed media, and advanced the cause of equality

About the Author

Susan Henry is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at California State University, Northridge, and a former editor of Journalism History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826518484
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Subject:
Women
Author:
Henry, Susan
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
urban studies
Subject:
Women - United States
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Journalism
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Publication Date:
July 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304

Related Subjects

Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference

Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant
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