Editor advanced women's issues
UNION, Maine — Judith Glassman Daniels, who blazed a trail for women in the publishing world and became the first female top editor of Life magazine, has died at 74.
Daniels served in senior editing positions at The Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc. and Conde Nast over a career that spanned 35 years in New York before she retired with her husband to Maine in 2004. She passed away on Sunday from stomach cancer in their home in Union, said her husband, Lee Webb.
During her career, Daniels oversaw founding of a magazine for executive women called Savvy at a time when magazines catered to stay-at-home moms, and she helped to found the Women's Media Group in New York. At Life, she oversaw the publication's 50th anniversary.
Her husband called her “a real pioneer.”
“She really was one of the women who broke the glass ceiling that allowed women to rise high in the publishing world,” Webb said.
Daniels was born in Cambridge, Mass., and was raised in Brookline, Mass. Upon earning her English degree from Smith College, she set off for New York, rising through the ranks in magazines.
Patricia O'Toole, who worked for Daniels as a writer and editor at Savvy, said Daniels was naturally curious and loved writing and editing. And writers loved to work for her, she said.
“Everybody wanted to please Judy,” said O'Toole, a biographer and professor in New York. “Sometimes when there's a boss like that, it's because they have to please them because otherwise there's going to be hell to pay. But Judy wasn't like that at all. You wanted to please her because she was such a good coach. She had very high editorial standards, and she'd help you measure up.”
John MacMillan, editorial director at Smith College where Daniels was a longtime member of the Smith Alumnae Council, called Daniels a “change-maker” who helped the next generation of women get ahead.
“She was thinking about the issues facing successful professional women long before they were trendy, like work-life balance and the pressure that women face to get ideas heard,” he said. “She was thinking about those way back in the 1970s and '80s.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates rout Cardinals to keep things interesting in NL Central
- Steelers remain confident in defense
- Security guard shot outside East Hills restaurant
- Berry wins Steelers’ punting job; Wing traded to Giants
- Rossi: Baseball needs a new schedule
- LaBar: Best next opponent for Brock Lesnar
- Pitt’s Narduzzi revisits YSU roots in opener
- State lawmaker proposes increasing cost of state fishing licenses
- Armstrong River Hawks make their debut
- Megyn Kelly’s forte not Pa. Megan’s
- Pirates notebook: Burnett continues to progress, amps up to 95-pitch simulated game