Great Women of the Press (New Horizons in Journalism Series)

by Madelon Golden Schlipp

Other authorsSharon M. Murphy
Hardcover, 1983




Southern Illinois University Press (1983), Edition: 1st Edition, Hardcover, 280 pages


Each of the 18 women whose stories un­fold in this unique work made heroic, profession-changing contributions to journalism.   Covering nearly 300 years, Schilpp and Murphy have elevated these women either from the obscurity of historical foot­notes (Elizabeth Timothy, 1700—1757) or from the frozen stuff of legend (Nellie Bly, Anne Newport Royall, Margaret Fuller); they have made their subjects working journalists whose careers and accomplishments were indeed heroic and inspiring, but human.   Aside from Timothy, Royall, Fuller, and Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (Nellie Bly), the authors have included Mary Katherine God­dard, colonial publisher; Sarah Josepha Hale, first women’s magazine edit∨ Cornelia Walter, editor of the Boston Transcript; and Jane Grey Swisshelm, abolitionist, feminist, and journalist. Others include Jane Cunning­ham Croly (“Jennie June”); Eliza Nicholson (Pearl Rivers), publisher of the Picayu≠ Ida Minerva Tarbell, muckraker; Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (Dorothy Dix); Ida B. Wells-Barnett, crusader; Winifred Black Bon­fils (Annie Laurie), reformer; Rheta Child Dorr, freedom fighter; Dorothy Thompson, political columnist; Margaret Bourke-White, early photojournalist; and Marguerite Higgins, war correspondent.… (more)


Physical description

280 p.; 5.51 inches


0809310988 / 9780809310982

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literary studies
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