Timeline and Vignettes
Exploring the History
and Status of Women
and Mass Communication Education
Editors: Kathleen Entires, Pamela J. Creedon,
and Susan Henry
Contributors: Jo-Ann Huff Albers, Carolyn S. Dyer,
Sue A. Lafky, Ramona R. Rush,
and JoAnn M. Valenti
1869: Robert E. Lee plans first college-level journalism class at all-male Washington College (now Washington and Lee).
1870: U. S. Census reports 35 women journalists,. 6% of total.
1873: Kansas State College (now University) starts class in printing for journalists.
1878: University of Missouri begins formal collegiate teaching of journalism (History of Journalism in the English department).
1880: U. S. Census reports 288 women journalists, 2% of total.
1886: Martha Louise Rayne starts first school of journalism in the world— to give practical journalistic training to women—in Detroit.