Priest Contrasts Legacies of Nellie Gray, Helen Gurley Brown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
March for Life founder and former Cosmopolitan editor buried this week

FILE - This 1990 file photo shows Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown in her New York office. Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at a hospital in New York after a brief hospitalization. She was 90. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

UNDATED (AP) -- Two women who died this week have left vastly different legacies.

March for Life founder Nellie Gray was 88; longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was 90.

Both would claim to be advocates for women. But while Helen Gurley Brown wrote "Sex and the Single Girl," Gray lamented the harm she believed was being done to young women and society as a whole.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, says although Gray opposed what she called "radical feminism," he believes her opposition to abortion made her the more authentic feminist.

Nellie Gray was a devout Catholic. Helen Gurley Brown's motto was: "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."

Pavone says he hopes their deaths prompts a discussion about what truly is good for women.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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