Helen Berry Andelin was born May 22, 1920, the 6th of 7 children with 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
Like many girls growing up, she dreamed of living happily ever after with the man of her dreams. When she met her future husband, Aubrey Andelin, she was on her way to achieving that dream. Aubrey was handsome, smart, funny and ambitious.
They got married July 22, 1942 and were happy. But the love she dreamed about seemed elusive and she longed to have her childhood dream a reality. Their marriage was stable and they were devoted to each other but there was something lacking.
One day her good friend, Verna Johnson came with her husband to visit. Helen confided in her friend of her search for a deeper relationship with Aubrey. Verna told her of some little booklets she had that might help her. She loaned the booklets to Helen; they changed her life forever. She couldn't believe how quickly Aubrey responded to the principals of Fascinating Womanhood. They were so happy. She adapted the principals of the booklets to marriage and soon began to talk to her friends about it.
She discovered that there were many women who longed for the same thing she did so she offered to teach a class in her home to about 8 women. One thing led to another and soon her classes had gotten so big that she couldn't teach them in her home any longer. She moved to a local church and taught women on a larger scale. These ladies begged her to write down everything she had been teaching them in a book so they could read it multiple times. Some people have mistakenly thought the book she wrote was basically a copy of the original booklets. That was totally untrue. She had not only adapted them for married women, but had felt inspired to include other principals not even mentioned in the 1922 version.
She found it difficult to find a publisher for her book so she and Aubrey decided to just do it themselves. In those days, paperback wasn't really an option. Everything was hardback. Aubrey got the best break financially when he agreed to publish 5,000 books, and that's just what they did. It filled up their garage and they were suddenly in the publishing business.
So many women had taken her class by the time the book was printed, they sold out very quickly and found they had to publish more.
Before they actually got a publisher a few years later, they had sold about 50,000 out of their garage, Helen had written a workbook for students and was working on a sequel for single girls, more updated to the 1960's called Fascinating Girl.
The rest is history. She had a large teaching program that included about 1,500 teachers from around the world. She had gone on publicity tours and was interviewed on television many times. Her goal was always to help marriages and women to achieve the happiness she had discovered through living the principals of Fascinating Womanhood.
Helen B Andelin left behind a substantial legacy, including 8 children and more than 60 grandchildren. Her legacy survives to this day mostly through her four daughters, pictured here from left to right: Dixie, Merilee, Christine, and Ginny.
Dixie Andelin Forsyth is one of Helen Andelin's four daughters. She was also one of Helen's protégées during the height of the Fascinating Womanhood movement. It was Helen Andelin's intention to write a follow-up book to Fascinating Womanhood: an update to reflect changes in modern culture. Before she passed away, Helen asked Dixie to take up this task.
Dixie Andelin Forsyth was Helen's first born daughter. She was raised with the teachings of Fascinating Womanhood under the guidance and personal tutelage of the author herself. In her private life, she is happily married and the mother of seven children, an accomplished artist, and homemaker. Dixie has begun the process of writing Fascinating Womanhood: For The Timeless Woman. The book is expected to be available in the summer of 2017. Dixie is the current President of Fascinating Womanhood.
Kristine Andelin Hales is the daughter of Helen and Aubrey Andelin and sister of Dixie Andelin Forsyth. She has been married to Steve Hales for 40 years. They have 9 children and 40 grandchildren. Kristine was introduced to Fascinating Womanhood while still a very young girl and has loved and lived the principals of it her whole life. She is an experienced Fascinating Womanhood teacher and loves gardening, sewing, cooking, reading and playing with essential oils to see how they can help in hers and other's lives. She has consented to serve as consultant to us. She loves people and serving others.
Virginia Andelin Leavitt is the daughter of Aubrey and Helen Andelin and sister of Dixie Andelin Forsyth. She has been married to Robert Leavitt for 43 years and acknowledges the principles of Fascinating Womanhood as foundational to her happy marriage. Robert has been the breadwinner of the family while Virginia has been and continues to be a homemaker. They have 15 children and 40 grandchildren. She has been a Fascinating Womanhood teacher and currently assists the Fascinating Womanhood movement as a secretary.