Academic journal article Journalism History

Women in Communication: A Biographical Sourcebook

Academic journal article Journalism History

Women in Communication: A Biographical Sourcebook

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Signorielli, Nancy (ed.). Women in Communication: A Biographical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press,1996. SOl pp. $79.50.

Biographical sketches of fortyeight women comprise the main body, and an appendix contains shorter sketches of an additional twenty-nine women, in a book that is a useful resource for courses in women and the media or the media and society. In the main body of the book, nineteen of the forty-eight women were born since 1930, seventeen are academics, and twenty nine are living. Ten of the women are broadcasters, including Jessica Savitch, Connie Chung, and Barbara Walters. While historical figures are included, the greatest emphasis is on living, active women. The women in the appendix were born between 1935 and 1958 with twenty of them being born between 1944 and 1958. They are all academics.

While the length varies, each of the biographical sketches usually includes: family background; education; career development, mentor or marriage, and career highlights; major contributions; a critical evaluation; an integration of personal and professional life; and a selected bibliography containing the most important publications. The sketches, which are presented in alphabetical order, are mainly based on secondary sources. The usual type of primary source, which occurs in a handful of cases, is an interview by the contributor with the person being profiled.

While Alan Rubin's forward explains that the profiles show how the women achieved success despite differences from men, no explicit theoretical foundation is given to support either the contents of the profiles or the selection of women. …

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