Dorothy Schiff led many lives, from debutante to social reformer, but she is best remembered as the publisher of the New York Post, the first woman to run a New York newspaper. Schiff married her first husband in 1923, at age seventeen, but the marriage was blighted by his drinking and philandering. In 1931, when her parents died and left her over fifteen million dollars, she divorced. She used her wealth and influence to become director of the Women’s Trade Union League and support other social causes. In 1939 she bought the ailing Post on the advice of her second husband, who became its publisher, but when the Post continued to struggle, she divorced him and took control of the paper herself in 1942. She turned the Post into a successful, liberal paper, unafraid to criticize political heavyweights Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover as well as personal friends like Robert Moses. Her criticism of Averell Harriman on the eve of the 1958 gubernatorial election swung the vote for Nelson Rockefeller. While the Post outlasted many other New York papers, it struggled in the 1970s and in 1976 Schiff sold it to Rupert Murdoch.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Dorothy Schiff." (Viewed on March 25, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/schiff-dorothy>.