Chaya (or Ada) Kaufman was born in Ukraine and emigrated with her family to the USA. In 1913, while a 15-year-old schoolgirl in New York City, she fell in love with and married Will Durant, one of her teachers. The most famous story told about her is that she was so young, she arrived at City Hall on rollerskates for their wedding. Durant called her Ariel, and she later adopted the name legally. She was involved with her husband in the writing of every volume of The Story of Civilization but only received author credit for the volumes published in 1961 and after. She shared the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for "Rousseau and Revolution."