By Marilyn S. Greenwald
For twenty-five years, Charlotte Curtis was once a society/women’s reporter and editor and an op-ed editor on the long island instances. because the first girl part editor on the instances, Curtis was once a pioneering journalist and one of many first national to alter the character and content material of the women’s pages from fluffy marriage ceremony bulletins and recipes to the extra newsy, issue-oriented tales that signify them this day. during this riveting biography, Marilyn Greenwald describes how a lady reporter from Columbus, Ohio, broke into the ranks of the male-dominated higher echelon on the long island occasions. It files what she did to prevail and what she needed to sacrifice. Charlotte Curtis cleared the path for the newshounds who her. a girl of the days bargains a chronicle of her hard-won trip as she invents her personal model of feminism in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. within the telling of this amazing woman’s existence is the tale, in addition, of a serious period within the nation’s social heritage.
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It was a charmed life, Roosevelt remembers: “In those days you went to places like El Morocco, the Stork Club, places like that, and the Biltmore [Hotel] under the clock. That was the era. It was a WASP world. ” If Vassar was a snooty place, Lucky Showker did not notice: “It didn’t matter how much money you had. That was one of the great things about it. ”5 Leaving Home 27 “Romanticism” exemplified this carefree Vassar class of 1950, the yearbook Vassarian proclaimed on its pages: “Romanticism: On weekends you ventured forth to see how the other half lives.
The inscription next to her senior picture described her as “a flash of red hair and a shriek of A Progressive Upbringing 19 laughter. . ”11 Fifty years later, Tibi Sterner Johnson remembered Charlotte, one of her partners in the Debate Club, as a firebrand whose favorite pastime was discussing politics. But Charlotte was no shrinking violet: “She was gutsy—not afraid to say what she believed,” Johnson said. ”12 Charlotte’s rebellious side was noticeable at home, too. As a teenager, she once hung a flag with a communist symbol outside the Curtis home—presumably to annoy her politically conservative father.
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