Helen Gurley Brown unquestionably changed the face of women's media. She transformed Cosmopolitan when she served as its editor-in-chief of from 1965 until 1997, wrote books that championed the lives of single women, and was fearlessly outspoken about the joys of sex. She was so outspoken, in fact, that she became eminently quotable, most often on the subjects of work, relationships (or why you don't need one), and female pleasure.
Back in February, on Gurley Brown's 90th birthday, HuffPost Women celebrated how Gurley Brown paved the way for women's magazines to openly discuss women's complex and varied sex lives. Judith Warner voiced similar sentiments in a piece she wrote about Brown for the New Yorker in 2009:
In everything that Brown has written or edited, she has promoted the message that sex is great, and that one should get as much of it as possible. (Ditto for money.) Just about everyone knows this, and has always known it, but in Brown’s youth few women would admit it, even to themselves. So if, in 1963, sex did cease to be quite so clandestine a pleasure -- especially for unmarried females -- that was, in part, her doing.
So thanks, Helen Gurley Brown, for taking our sex lives out of the shadows. Not every woman would consider herself a "Cosmo Girl," but every woman can appreciate Brown's candor and conviction that self-sufficiency was a woman's greatest asset. "What you have to do is work with the raw material you have, namely you, and never let up,” she once wrote. Amen.
LOOK: Helen Gurley Brown's Best Quotes
'My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.'
Source: <a href="http://www.famousquotesandauthors.com/authors/helen_gurley_brown_quotes.html" target="_hplink">Famous Quotes and Authors </a>
'Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.'
Source: <a href="http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helengurle389176.html" target="_hplink">BrainyQuote</a>
'The message was: So you're single. You can still have sex. You can have a great life. And if you marry, don't just sponge off a man or be the gold-medal-winning mother. Don't use men to get what you want in life -- get it for yourself.'
Source: <a href="http://thinkexist.com/quotation/the-message-was-so-you-re-single-you-can-still/551201.html" target="_hplink">ThinkExist</a>
'Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlepp.'
Source: <a href="http://www.famousquotesandauthors.com/authors/helen_gurley_brown_quotes.html" target="_hplink">Famous Quotes and Authors</a>
'Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.'
Source: <a href="http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helengurle164107.html" target="_hplink">BrainyQuote</a>
"I was mousy on the outside but inside I'm this tiger and I have to get on with it.'
Source: <a href="http://www.quotesea.com/quote/iwasmousyontheoutsidebutinsideimthis" target="_hplink">Quotesea </a>
On 'Cosmo': 'There has been lots of copying -- look at Glamour. I used to have all the sex to myself.'
Source: <a href="http://thinkexist.com/quotation/there-has-been-lots-of-copying-look-at-glamour-i/686840.html" target="_hplink">Thinkexist </a>
'"I care. I care a lot. I think of Cosmopolitan all day, and I run scared. So it's a combination of fright, caring and anxiety.'
Source: <a href="http://www.quotesea.com/quote/icareicarealotithinkofcosmopolitanal" target="_hplink">Quotesea</a>
'Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork -- reading, writing, thinking -- can.'
Source: <a href="http://www.quoteland.com/author/Helen-Gurley-Brown-Quotes/3371/" target="_hplink">Quoteland</a>
"I hope I have convinced you... the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard." Source: ThinkExist
"Cosmo is feminist in that we believe women are just as smart and capable as men and can achieve anything they want. But it also acknowledges that while work is important, men are, too. The Cosmo girl absolutely loves men!" Source: ThinkExist
"I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don't need a husband. You do need a man of course every step of the way, and they are often cheaper emotionally and a lot more fun by the dozen." Source: The New Yorker
"Feeling insecure is good for you. It forces you to do something better, drives you to use all your talents." Source: ThinkExist