I'm sure there are many people who have no idea who Helen Gurly Brown was. She died yesterday at the age of 90 years old.
Helen Gurly Brown was the Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. A magazine I read back in the late 70's and 80's.
I read that magazine because of the underlying message, to me, which was, "You can do it!" At that point I needed to hear that affirmation.
In addition that magazine told me what it was like to be a single woman. Whether you had children or not. Whether you had ever been married or not.
My life had radically changed in 1978 when my husband died. I at 36, with three teenagers was the sole breadwinner from then to now.
I had married at 19. Had no idea what a single life was like or would be like. Many articles in that publication were helpful. Better then Better Homes and Gardens or Ladie's Home Journal. A few of the articles were on dating. Something I had not done in almost 17 years. I had no clue.
Initially I read many self-help books. Attempted to go to a Parents Without