Recently I got the news that my first boss in magazine publishing, Pat Miller, died after a battle with cancer. Pat was a Brit from Fleet Street, a friend of Rupert Murdoch, and when Murdoch started a woman’s magazine in America—something different, called New Woman—he tapped her for the job. The magazine became the moderate voice of feminism that was so needed at the time, allowing women to be girly and love men but encouraging them to act as men’s equals. I started there in 1990, 25 years ago.
Pat was much more than a boss to me. She danced at my wedding, held my new babies and came to my home for dinner (and I to hers). My co-workers and I were known as “Pat’s girls” because she didn’t treat us as just staffers. She loved us like daughters, and because of that we are—to this day—as close as sisters.
This month’s “Health Hacks for Busy Bodies” reports that “a recent LinkedIn survey found that 46 percent of people believe workplace friends are important” for overall happiness. Also, “in 2011, University of Pennsylvania researchers found that employees who report lower levels of office loneliness perform better at their jobs.”
Pat Miller was a brilliant editor and we gave her our best work. New Woman changed lives because of a great leader and the “girls” she loved.