The magazine The Cosmopolitanwas founded in 1886. Printed below the masthead on page 1 was the quotation “From every man according to his ability: to every one according to his needs.” William Randolph Hearst purchased the magazine in 1905 and I wonder whether he dropped the quotation – Marx and Hearst seem unlikely bedfellows. Helen Gurley Brown became chief editor in 1965 and, as Cosmopolitan, transformed the magazine into a worldwide success aimed specifically at a female audience. I wonder how the quotation might have read under her leadership.

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