On the Map


Jewish Women on the Map - Sioux City, Iowa - Birthplace of Twin Advice Columnists


Sioux City, Iowa - Birthplace of Twin Advice Columnists
405 6th Street
51101 Sioux City, IA
United States

Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer and Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips were born seventeen minutes apart in Sioux City on July 4, 1918. The world has come to know them as the advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail van Buren (Dear Abby). Raised in Sioux City, the sisters were in their late thirties before first Esther, then Pauline, entered the advice business. Esther, known as Eppie Lederer, won a contest to replace the original author of the "Ask Ann Landers" column for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1955.

When Lederer began writing the column, her sister contributed by reading some of the letters and suggesting answers. The Sun-Times, however, forbade the partnership, and Phillips (known as Popo) soon decided to write her own column. Phillips' column "Dear Abby" took off, and soon became the chief rival to "Ann Landers".

See also: "Birth of advice-givers Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren" - This Week in History.

Birthplace/home/school/workplace of a history maker
Creative Commons (attribution)

Submitted by


Recent additions

Boston Workmen's Circle

Details >>

Temple Shalom

Details >>

Temple Beth Israel, Victoria, Australia

Details >>

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Sioux City, Iowa - Birthplace of Twin Advice Columnists." (Viewed on April 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/onthemap/sioux-city-iowa>.