We know her as the icon of perfect manners, wedding etiquette and the final word on proper social conduct; therefore, I'd always assumed Emily Post was a very conventional, detail oriented person with a perfect, privileged life. While researching divorce etiquette, I was astonished to learn I had Emily all wrong.
True, she was born into a privileged life on October 27, 1872. She met her to-be-husband as a debutant at an elegant NYC ball. Soon afterwards, at the age of 20, she had her dream wedding followed by a honeymoon traveling the continent. The couple settled in New York and started a family. Sounds idyllic, right?
It was no fairytale. According to The Emily Post Institute:
In 1905, after one of Edwin's extramarital affairs became a form of public humiliation for Emily, she decided she had endured enough inequalities in her marriage. Shortly thereafter, she divorced Edwin, remaining unmarried for the rest of her life.
Oh, and kudos to the Emily Post Institute for wanting us to know the whole story behind this remarkable woman!
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