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Brady, Mildred Edie (1906–1965)

Brady, Mildred Edie (1906–1965)

American journalist. Name variations: Mildred Edie. Born Mildred Edie, June 3, 1906, in Little Rock, Arkansas; died July 27, 1965; dau. of Stewart Carson Edie (pharmacist) and Maude (White) Edie; m. Gerald Fling, 1929 (div. 1931); m. Robert Brady (economist), 1956 (died 1963); children: (with Robert Brady) 2 daughters.

Active in the consumer movement, wrote investigative articles on marketing practices and advocated legislation for consumer rights and information; was an associate editor of Theatre Arts Monthly in NY (late 1920s) and a reporter for Tide magazine (1930–36); began living with Robert Brady (1936) and took his last name; joined newly formed Consumers Union (CU) and became manager of western branch in Berkeley, CA (1936); became managing editor of reform publication, Friday, and helped introduce CU's new weekly, Bread & Butter, in NY (1940); edited consumer newsletter for McCall's in Washington, DC (1940s); published famous article on Wilhelm Reich in Harper's Magazine (April 1947); worked for CU's Consumer Reports, becoming feature writer in California (1950) and editorial director and senior editor in Mt. Vernon, NY (1958); participated in International Organization of Consumers Unions.

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