Academic journal article Journalism History

Women's Press Organizations, 1881-1999

Academic journal article Journalism History

Women's Press Organizations, 1881-1999

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Burt, Elizabeth V., ed. Women's Press Organizations, 1881-1999. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000. 348 pp. $85.

Women's Press 1881-1999 is not so much a book as it is a valuable source for researchers who want to focus on women in the media.

It is clear from the introduction that the authors had a difficult time finding records from many of the women's press associations. Some of the records have simply disappeared. However, this publication carefully documents forty organizations that have served women-- and eventually many of them included men-- in the media. Thirty-two authors, generally professors in journalism or communications departments around the United States, wrote the chapters.

This book does not pretend to offer an in-depth look at each of the press organizations it identifies. Instead, the authors and other researchers have identified the women who organized these press associations and tried to discover the reasons why each organization was started. In many cases, the organizations were formed because women could not belong to the "official" press organizations in their states because women were not editors or publishers. Some women used their organizations to pursue professional goals, but others also took stands on social and political issues. In general, the organizations also provided a support group for and the empowerment of other women in journalism. Many of the organizations have established scholarships-generally in honor of their founders-for women in the communications field.

Each chapter follows a similar format with an identification of the women who began the organization, the activities in which the organization was engaged, and how the organization changed over the years in membership and in mission. …

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