An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I

An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I


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When World War I began, war reporting was a thoroughly masculine bastion of journalism. But that did not stop dozens of women reporters from stepping into the breach, defying gender norms and official restrictions to establish roles for themselves—and to write new kinds of narratives about women and war.

Chris Dubbs tells the fascinating stories of Edith Wharton, Nellie Bly, and more than thirty other American women who worked as war reporters. As Dubbs shows, stories by these journalists brought in women from the periphery of war and made them active participants—fully engaged and equally heroic, if bearing different burdens and making different sacrifices. Women journalists traveled from belligerent capitals to the front lines to report on the conflict. But their experiences also brought them into contact with social transformations, political unrest, labor conditions, campaigns for women’s rights, and the rise of revolutionary socialism.

An eye-opening look at women’s war reporting, An Unladylike Profession is a portrait of a sisterhood from the guns of August to the corridors of Versailles.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640123069
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 120,639
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Chris Dubbs is a military historian living in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and has worked as a newspaper journalist, editor, and publisher. He is the author of numerous books, including American Journalists in the Great War: Rewriting the Rules of Reporting (Nebraska, 2017) and America’s U-Boats: Terror Trophies of World War I (Nebraska, 2014). Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is the author of “This is Judy Woodruff at the White House.”

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    
Foreword by Judy Woodruff    
1. Mary Boyle O’Reilly, First on the Scene    
2. Among the First Reporters    
3. The Saturday Evening Post’s Women’s War    
4. Novelist Journalists    
5. Status of Women in Warring Countries    
6. As the War Dragged On    
7. On Other Fronts    
8. War and Revolution in Russia        
9. Covering American Involvement    
10. After the Fighting    
Appendix: Journalists mentioned in An Unladylike Profession    
A Note on Sources    

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