Front-Page Women Journalists, 1920-1950

Overview


During a time when female reporters were almost always relegated to the society and women’s pages of the newspapers, a few hundred notable women broke barriers and wrote their way onto the front pages of metropolitan newspapers. Front-Page Women Journalists, 1920–1950 takes a look at the lives and careers of women who worked successfully in this male-dominated profession.
 
Kathleen A. Cairns examines the roles women played in ...
See more details below
Paperback
$18.19
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$19.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $11.08   
  • New (3) from $17.95   
  • Used (2) from $11.08   
Sending request ...

Overview


During a time when female reporters were almost always relegated to the society and women’s pages of the newspapers, a few hundred notable women broke barriers and wrote their way onto the front pages of metropolitan newspapers. Front-Page Women Journalists, 1920–1950 takes a look at the lives and careers of women who worked successfully in this male-dominated profession.
 
Kathleen A. Cairns examines the roles women played in early-twentieth-century newspaper journalism and the influence they had on future generations of newspaperwomen through the examples of Agness Underwood, Charlotta Bass, and Ruth Finney. Each of these front-page women faced her own challenges, whether in regard to class, race, or gender. To get to the newsroom, and to stay there, they had to craft subtle, clever, and exhausting strategies. They had to be tough but compassionate, deferential yet independent, tenacious but also gracious. Most important, they could never openly challenge larger cultural assumptions about gender or suggest that they sought to advance the status of all women as well as themselves. In spite of these challenges, front-page women played a significant role in reshaping public perceptions about women’s roles.
 
The public nature of journalism gave these women a large audience and a prominent stage on which to act out new professional identities. Their audience witnessed them traipsing through war zones, debating politics, and gaining scoops on high-profile criminal cases. The women viewed themselves as path-breakers, although they rarely openly acknowledged it. Between the lines, however, they suggested that they understood how important their success was to future generations of women. They quietly mentored other young female reporters, paved the way for the eventual admission of women into the all-male press clubs, and opened up more career opportunities for women.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

American Journalism - Linda Steiner

“[Cairns] focuses on three women who began their careers in California and went on to achieve considerable success and even fame. . . . The three different personalities and different career trajectories bear witness to the very real possibilities—and difficulties—of challenging journalists’ long-standing assumption that only white men were important as actors and audiences, so only white men could write for and about white men. As such, their stories will enliven undergraduate journalism history courses.”—Linda Steiner, American Journalism
Montana the Magazine of Western History - Gordon Morris Bakken

“In detailing the lives of front-page female journalists Ruth Finney, Charlotta Bass, and Agness Underwood, Kathleen Cairns has thoroughly enriched the historiography of women in the American West. . . . With this definitive study, Cairns further demonstrates that women at work made a difference in the American West.”—Gordon Morris Bakken, Montana the Magazine of Western History
American Journalism

“[Cairns] focuses on three women who began their careers in California and went on to achieve considerable success and even fame. . . . The three different personalities and different career trajectories bear witness to the very real possibilities—and difficulties—of challenging journalists’ long-standing assumption that only white men were important as actors and audiences, so only white men could write for and about white men. As such, their stories will enliven undergraduate journalism history courses.”—Linda Steiner, American Journalism

— Linda Steiner

Montana: the Magazine of Western History

“In detailing the lives of front-page female journalists Ruth Finney, Charlotta Bass, and Agness Underwood, Kathleen Cairns has thoroughly enriched the historiography of women in the American West. . . . With this definitive study, Cairns further demonstrates that women at work made a difference in the American West.”

—Gordon Morris Bakken, Montana the Magazine of Western History

Montana the Magazine of Western History

"In detailing the lives of front-page female journalists Ruth Finney, Charlotta Bass, and Agness Underwood, Kathleen Cairns has thoroughly enriched the historiography of women in the American West. . . . With this definitive study, Cairns further demonstrates that women at work made a difference in the American West."—Gordon Morris Bakken, Montana the Magazine of Western History

— Gordon Morris Bakken

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803222298
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Women in the West Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen A. Cairns is a journalist and also teaches history and humanities at California State University, Sacramento.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Crossing the Threshold: Women in Front-Page Journalism 1
2 Journey from the Star: The Life and Work of Ruth Finney 41
3 The Press As Pulpit: Charlotta Bass and the California Eagle 73
4 Murder Was Her Beat: The Career of Agness Underwood 107
Afterword 137
Notes 143
Bibliography 161
Index 173
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)