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Women Who Made the News: Female Journalists in Canada, 1880-1945

Lang, Marjorie

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ISBN 10: 077351838X / ISBN 13: 9780773518384
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, Ontario Canada, 1999
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Includes index, bibliography, and notes; 15 B&W photographs; no discernible faults. From the end of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, newspapers were the pre-eminent source of information for Canadians. While the dominent voice of the press was male, a diverse and dispersed group of women sought and won access to this powerful domain. Most were confined to writing about "women's interests - homemaking, fashion, and high society - but a few broke through the barriers and won renownin male-dominated fields. And those who remained in the "Women's Section, " chronicled the increasing participation of women in public affairs and social reform, doing much to advance the role of women in society. ; 371 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 100885

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Title: Women Who Made the News: Female Journalists ...

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, Ontario Canada

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First; First Printing

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The first newspaperwomen were employed to attract female subscribers and advertising revenue. Once hired, they found themselves confined to a narrow range of specialties that catered to conventionally defined women's interests - home-making, fashion, and high society - and most were patronized by their male peers. But these women journalists did more than simply deliver female consumers to advertisers. Some of them eventually made names for themselves as commercial reporters or political and even war correspondents. By making news about women for women, they created a distinctly female culture within the newspaper, chronicling the increasing participation of women in public affairs. Women Who Made the News is the story of the women who helped raise Canadian women's collective awareness of each other and of their achievements in the period leading up to World War II.


"a very significant, original contribution to the field ... there is no accomplished history such as this one which lays a strong foundation for future studies of Canadian women journalists, and makes the links between their work and the progress of women's rights in Canadian society." Jean Barman, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia.

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