Helen Gurley Brown
Revolutionizing the Self-Made Woman

The legacy of Helen Gurley Brown, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is remembered after she passed away at the age of 90 on August 13, 2012. Gail Sheehy, a journalist who knew Brown very well, recalls the type of person she was–claiming that Brown turned her back on the conventional life of a women at a young age and decided to live by the motto that women can have it all. Sheehy describes Brown’s upbringing as coming from nothing and how Brown introduced the idea of the self-made woman to Americans. Sheehy also goes on to describe the relationship that Brown had with the feminist movement, claiming that there was some tension between Brown’s beliefs and the “card-carrying” feminists’ beliefs. Brown’s main message, according to Sheehy, was that all women can make their own choices without men or money in the picture. All that is necessary is hard work.

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