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Tango0129 Nov 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

"In 1917 Beatty persuaded Fremont Older, her editor at the Bulletin, to let her visit Russia with four journalists and political activists: Louise Bryant, Rheta Childe Dorr, John Reed, and Albert Rhys Williams. There she scored an interview with Leon Trotsky, a leader in Russia's October Revolution; became one of the first civilians to enter the Winter Palace after the fall of Alexander Kerensky's provisional government; and went inside the Peter and Paul Fortress to visit with prisoners, including the former ministers of the government. She also traveled to the trenches to interview Russian soldiers and spent a week with the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, an all-female combat unit. After returning home, she finished a book about her experiences, The Red Heart of Russia, which was published in 1918 (and from which the following story, about events in 1917, is adapted). "I had been alive at a great moment," she wrote, "and knew it was great."

Beatty went on to become the editor of McCall's magazine and, later, a freelance foreign correspondent for such magazines as Good Housekeeping, McClure's, the New Republic, and Woman's Home Journal. Beatty married British actor William Sauter in 1926. An activist to the core, she was a member of Heterodoxy, an organization of radical feminists in Greenwich Village. In 1940 she began hosting a radio show on WOR, the Mutual Broadcasting System's station in New York, with her husband serving as the announcer, and within a couple of years it was the nation's top-rated radio program hosted by a woman. Describing Beatty as "a short, voluble bit of human voltage" Time magazine noted that she could expertly ad-lib on just about any subject. During World War II Beatty used her show to sell more than $300,000 USD in war bonds. She died of a heart attack in 1947…"
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Tango0130 Nov 2019 12:21 p.m. PST

Brave women there….


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