Dorothy Dix (aka Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer) was the original syndicated women’s advice columnist and well-known American journalist. Throughout her career, more than 2,000 people wrote to her for her advice, and about 60 million read her daily column published in newspapers and magazines across the country. A known author as well, her books include: Mirandy (1914), Heart ala Mode (1915), and How to Win and Hold a Husband (1939). Read more about it!
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|1896||Elizabeth Meriweather Gilmer's neighbor, Eliza Peitevent Nicholson, owner of the New Orleans Picayune, reads a sample of her writing and offers her a job as a reporter. Under the pseudonym Dorothy Dix, she serves as editor of the "Women’s Department" and writes the column: "Sunday Salad."|
|1901||Dorothy Dix's writing attracts the attention of William Randolph Hearst, owner of the New York Journal. She is asked to join the paper, where she covers some of the most important murder trials of the day, including the cases of Harry Thaw, Stanford White, & Nan Patterson.|
|1917||The Wheeler Syndicate offers Gilmer a position writing an advice column for the lovelorn. In her column, "Dorothy Dix Talks," she dispenses advice on marriage and home life with a mature approach. By the middle of the 1920's, her column is of the day almost 200 different publications throughout the world and she is the world’s highest paid woman writer.|