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Cannon, Poppy (2 Aug. 1905–1 April 1975), cookbook author, journalist, and advertising executive, was born Lillian Gruskin in Cape Town, South Africa, to Robert and Henrietta Gruskin, Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. (Henrietta’s maiden name is unknown.) The family moved to the United States in ...

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Fishback Antolini, Margaret (10 March 1900–25 September 1985), poet and advertising copywriter, was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Frederick Lewis Fishback and Mabel Coleman. Her parents' occupations are unknown. She graduated from Central High School (now Cardozo Senior High School) in Washington, D.C., in 1917 and went on to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, from which she graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1921. She taught English and history at Columbia Junior High School in Washington, D.C., for her first year after college. The next year she found a job in New York City in the organizational department of Tamblyn & Brown, a prominent fund-raising firm, but she soon found more creative work in the advertising division of R. H. Macy & Company, where she was quickly promoted. In 1926 she started at Macy's as an assistant copywriter, and in two weeks she was promoted to divisional copywriter. From 1930 to 1942 she held the rank of institutional advertisement writer, and from 1940 to 1942 she was chief copywriter for the company....

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Knight, Sarah Kemble (19 April 1666–25 September 1727), diarist and businesswoman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas Kemble, a merchant, and Elizabeth Trerice. She married Richard Knight of Boston, of whom little is known, and had one child.

The Boston census in 1707 recorded that Sarah Knight, then a widow, headed her deceased father’s Moon Street household and shop. She kept boarders and may also have taught school. Knowledgeable about law, she served as a copier of legal documents and witness to one hundred or more deeds. In 1704, she traveled to New York to settle a family estate, keeping a diary of her journey that was first published in 1825 in ...

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Rochester, Anna (30 March 1880–11 May 1966), Marxist economist, writer, and editor, was born in New York City to Louise Agatha Bamman Rochester, a former schoolteacher, and Roswell Hart Rochester, treasurer of Western Union Telegraph Company. Raised an only child in a wealthy suburb of New York, Anna spent her childhood in the company of hired companions and nurses while her mother suffered from trigeminal neuralgia. She attended the Dwight School for Girls in Englewood, New Jersey, and proved especially adept at languages, becoming fluent in German and French....

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Trahey, Jane (19 Nov. 1923–22 Apr. 2000), advertising executive and writer, was born Esther Jane Trahey in Chicago to Irish immigrants David J. Trahey and the former Margaret Hennessey. Her father died when she was young, and her mother raised her two daughters on his pension. She credits her mother with encouraging her to further her education and become self-sufficient. Trahey said, “I came out of grammar school with drive” (“Never Plain Jane,” p. 3). Educated in local Catholic schools, Trahey graduated from Mundelein College in ...