Life and career
Jane Grant was born Jeanette Cole Grant
in Joplin, Missouri
, and grew up and went to school in Girard, Kansas
. Grant originally trained to be a vocalist. She came to New York City
at 16 to pursue singing, but fell into journalism when she joined the staff of The New York Times
in the society department.
She soon worked her way into the city room as a reporter and became close friends with the critic Alexander Woollcott
. As a journalist for the Times
(its first full-fledged woman reporter), she covered women's issues, questioning public figures about their views on the status of women and interviewing women who worked in traditionally male professions.
She wrote for the Times
for 15 years.
During World War I
Grant, who was also a talented singer and dancer, talked her way onto a troopship to France
by joining the entertainment with the YMCA. She joined the American Red Cross
and entertained soldiers during shows in Paris and at camps. In France, Woollcott introduced her to the future "Vicious Circle" members, including Harold Ross. Grant and Ross married in 1920. The "Vicious Circle" later became the Algonquin Round Table
She returned to the Times
after the war.
In 1921 Grant joined the Lucy Stone League
, which was dedicated, in the manner of Lucy Stone
, to helping women keep their maiden names after marriage, as Grant did after her two marriages.
In 1950, Grant and 22 former members restarted the Lucy Stone League; its first meeting was on 22 Mar 1950 in New York City. That year Grant won the Census Bureau
's agreement that a married woman could use her birth surname as her official or real name in the census. (The New York Times
, 10 Apr 1950).
With the backing of Raoul Fleischmann, Grant and Ross established The New Yorker
in 1925. As editor, Ross is credited with driving the success of the magazine, however Ross is quoted saying the magazine would not have been a success without Jane's contribution. Grant was chiefly a business and content consultant for the magazine and initially helped to gather investments towards starting the magazine. She brought her friend Janet Flanner
into the magazine's coterie of correspondents, commissioning her enduring Letter from Paris
The feature continues to be published today, although it now includes many other cities. Grant later produced a special overseas issue for the armed forces during World War II
Ross and Grant divorced in 1929 after nine years of marriage.
In 1939, she married William B. Harris, the editor of Fortune magazine
. She and Harris moved from Manhattan to Litchfield, Connecticut
. The couple founded White Flower Farm
out of a barn on their property. In the 1950s, they started a successful mail-order business for home gardening.
In 1968, Grant published a memoir about her life entitled Ross, The New Yorker and Me (Reynal and Co., 1968 New York City). She was encouraged to do so by her second husband, William Harris, and ultimately dedicated the book to him.
Grant died in 1972 on the Connecticut farm she shared with her husband. Harris sold the nursery to its current owner, Eliot Wadsworth, in 1976.
- Ross, The New Yorker, and Me (New York: Reynal, 1968 (ASIN B000K01216)).
- Confession of a Feminist. The American Mercury, vol. LVII, no. 240, Dec., 1943, pp. 684–691.
- I Saw What I Could (unpublished account of her travels in the Soviet Union, held at the University of Oregon)
- ^ a b c d e "Guide to the Jane C. Grant papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries". Northwest Digital Archives. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- ^ "Jane Grant". Center for the Study of Women in Society. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- ^ Stannard, Una (1977). Mrs Man. GermainBooks, San Francisco. ISBN 0-914142-02-X, p. 262.
- ^ "Newspaper Women's Club Chartered". The New York Times. LXXIII (24192). April 19, 1924. p. 13. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
- ^ "Jane Grant, 'The New Yorker', and the Oregon legacy of a Twentieth-Century Feminist (1999)". Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- ^ Grant, Jane. "Confession of a Feminist." The American Mercury, vol. LVII, no. 240, Dec., 1943, pp. 684–691.
- ^ Internet Movie Database entry for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
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