20 Helen Gurley Brown Quotes And Photos To Remind You That Women Are Incredible

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Helen Gurley Brown: a journalist, a benefactor, a feminist. There are a lot of reasons to love this woman, whether it's because of the sexual revolution she started with Sex and The Single Girl, the many issues of Cosmopolitan that she ran as editor-in-chief, or the amazing charitable work that's been done with the Helen Gurley Brown fund. Gurley Brown died a few years ago—a true loss for the world. But what she leaves behind is the thousands of young girls whose education she's fostered through her grants, the huge impact she's made on women's representation in magazines, and the sex-positive revolution that she started in the 1960s.

Check out some awesome photos of her along with a few chunks of wisdom:


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"You know you can't hope yourself to a better life—you must take yourself there."

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“How could any woman not be a feminist? The girl I’m editing for wants to be known for herself. If that’s not a feminist message, I don’t know what is.”

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"Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."

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"Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort." 

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"Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep."


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"Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork—reading, writing, thinking—can."

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“There is no way to succeed and have the lovely spoils—money, recognition, deep satisfaction in your work—except to put in the hours, do the drudgery. If you give, you get. If you work hard, the hard work rewards you.”

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“Drive is frequently deciding not to something—not eating nine hundred calories at lunch, not mucking around wasting your day—as much as it is doing something not so pleasant that’s tough on your brain or body.”

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“Early-in-life problems can be the yeast that makes you rise into bread!”

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“People’s lives change. To keep all your old friends is like keeping all your old clothes—pretty soon your closet is so jammed and everything so crushed you can’t find anything to wear.”

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