Recently two very different women died, both at the age of 90: Helen Gurley Brown of Cosmopolitan magazine, who played a key role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and "liberated" women from the "oppression of Christian morality," and Dolores Marie Jasper, devoted wife and mother who lived a valiant life of courage, faith, dignity, and love. Dolores Marie Jasper spent her life building up civilization, while Helen Gurley Brown did her best to tear it down.
"She changed the world," gushed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "And she changed the world for women."
The “she” to whom Mayor Bloomberg referred was Helen Gurley Brown and the occasion of his remarks was a memorial service on October 18 at New York’s Lincoln Center for the “legendary” editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Reportedly, about 1,000 journalistas, fashionistas, and social gadflies had gathered with Mayor Bloomberg, ABC icon Barbara Walters, actors Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, and Kelli O’Hara, Fox/New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, Hearst Corp. CEO Frank Bennack, and Hearst scion William R. Hearst, III, to pay homage to the dearly departed original “Cosmo Girl.” The “NY Culture” section of the Wall Street Journal reported:
Mr. Bloomberg, a friend of Ms. Brown's, said, beginning in the 1960s, the editor introduced women to a life that they "have every right to experience, without shame or limitation: A life of personal choice and professional opportunity." …
He added that her driving philosophy was "not that you had to live this way or that, but that a woman could live any way she wants."
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Photos: Montage, top right: Helen Gurley Brown (left) and Dolores Marie Jasper flank landscapes depicting their disparate worlds — a lake near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Manhattan