Classic Photo Essay in Life Magazine
"CAREER GIRL - The Private Life of Gwyned Filling"
Follows 23 year old copy editor for advertising firm Newell-Emmett Company
Photos by Leonard McCombe
Published in Life Magazine May 3, 1948
Original interior pages only - not the cover
Original period item - not a photocopy or reproduction
"Of all the photo essays that LIFE magazine published over the decades, a 12-page 1948 feature known simply as “Career Girl” remains among the most moving and, in many ways, one of the most surprising. Chronicling the life and struggles in New York City of a 23-year-old Missourian named Gwyned Filling, the article — and especially the essay’s photographs by Leonard McCombe — struck a nerve with LIFE’s readers. Seven decades later, McCombe’s pictures have lost none of their startling intimacy, or their empathy.A 1947 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Gwyned Filling moved to New York with a friend a week after commencement. Less than a year later, LIFE selected her, from more than a thousand other candidates, to serve as an emblem of the modern “career girl” — the smart, driven young woman who viewed post-World War II America, and especially its big cities, as a place where opportunities seemed limitless. After all, the nation’s workforce during the critical war years had been transformed by a massive influx of skilled female workers; when the war ended, it was only natural that educated, ambitious women would view the labor landscape as utterly changed—for the better.LIFE MagazineThe article that appeared in the May 3, 1948, issue of LIFE — titled “The Private Life of Gwyned Filling”— follows Gwyned as she negotiates the frenetic universe of New York City while trying to keep her own personal hopes and career expectations in perspective"
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