Up from the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists

Up from the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists

Up from the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists

Up from the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists

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Brenda Starr in the comic strips, Rosalind Russell in the movies and Mary Tyler Moore on TV may be the public's image of the woman reporter. But the real thing, as I hope this book will begin to demonstrate, has been infinitely more interesting than the stereotype. She has been tough-minded, determined, aggressive, intelligent, independent and professional. But she has also been compassionate, hopeful, intuitive and warmly human.

The woman journalist has been forthright and engaging. She's gotten to the top when getting to the top wasn't easy and she's asked no quarter. Professionalism has been her code, and by it she's won the respect and admiration of her colleagues and bosses. She's often been the first woman to handle a specific job and often been alone in a field dominated by men.

Meeting these women journalists through their words and accomplishments, gleaned from hundreds of books, clippings, scholarly studies, popularized profiles, speeches, tapes, letters and interviews during a period of over four years has increased my affection for this fascinating profession.

It is my hope that readers will share a new sense of community and continuity with these pioneers who have so long been hidden from view. Women journalists have a rich history . . .

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