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Blackwell, Betsy Talbot (1905?–04 February 1985), fashion editor, was born in New York City, the daughter of Hayden Talbot, a playwright, and Benedict Bristow. After the Talbots were divorced in about 1913, Mrs. Talbot had to find a way to support herself, and her daughter later remembered: “When my mother divorced my father she wasn’t trained for anything … had never worked … didn’t have any experience, but what she did have was a flair for fashion. … Mother knew fashion and she was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time.” Benedict Talbot went to work as a fashion stylist for Lord & Taylor department store, setting her daughter an example as a working woman as well as a fashion expert....

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Chase, Edna Woolman (14 March 1877–20 March 1957), magazine editor, was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the daughter of Franklyn Alloway and Laura Woolman. Her parents divorced during her infancy, and her mother remarried and moved to New York City, leaving Edna to be brought up by her maternal grandparents in New Jersey. Her mother’s family were members of the Society of Friends—Laura Woolman was a descendant of ...