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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: "My name is the symbol of my own identity and must not be lost"
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. I. Doris E. Fleischman
  2. pp. 7-7
  1. 1. "I just knew she was the brightest woman I'd ever met"
  2. pp. 9-24
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  1. 2. "I won the right by the device of understatement"
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. Doris E. Fleischman Illustrations
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. 3. "Keeping up the appearance of independence"
  2. pp. 49-64
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  1. 4. "Whatever your job is, you do it"
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. II. Ruth Hale
  2. pp. 81-81
  1. 5. "She totally conquered where she came from"
  2. pp. 83-95
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  1. 6. "A married woman who claims her name is issuing a challenge"
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. Ruth Hale Illustrations
  2. pp. 115-123
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  1. 7. "It was a curious collaboration"
  2. pp. 125-142
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  1. III. Jane Grant
  2. pp. 143-143
  1. 8. "I meant to remain in the East once I got there"
  2. pp. 145-159
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  1. 9. "There would be no New Yorker today if it were not for her"
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. Jane Grant Illustrations
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. 10. "I really preferred to get my financial reward from the magazine"
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. 11. "I'm Miss Grant, though married—and happily, too"
  2. pp. 203-217
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  1. Coda: "I still feel that she is looking over my shoulder"
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-276
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-281
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826518484
Related ISBN
9780826518460
MARC Record
OCLC
801194742
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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