Eileen M. Wirth never set out to be a groundbreaker for women in journalism, but if she wanted to report on social issues instead of society news, she had no alternative. Her years as one of the first women reporters at the Omaha World-Herald, covering gender barriers even as she broke a few herself, give Wirth an especially apt perspective on the women profiled in this book: those Nebraskans who, over a hundred years, challenged traditional feminine roles in journalism and subtly but surely changed the world.
The book features remarkable women journalists who worked in every venue, from rural weeklies to TV. They fought for the vote, better working conditions for immigrants, and food safety at the turn of the century. They covered wars from the Russian Revolution to Vietnam. They were White House reporters and minority journalists who crusaded for civil rights. Though Willa Cather may be the only household name among them, all are memorable, their stories affording a firsthand look into the history of journalism and social change.
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About the Author
Eileen M. Wirth is a professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media, and Computing at Creighton University. She was inducted into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame in 2017.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
1 Pioneer Women in Journalism 15
2 Three Superstar Journalists 29
3 The Progressive Era 43
4 World War I 55
5 The Roaring Twenties and the Thirties 65
6 The 1940s 87
7 The 1950s 103
8 The 1960s 117
9 Women Journalists of Color 135
10 Integrating Omaha Media 151
Epilogue and Closing Thoughts 163
What People are Saying About This
“An inventory of inspiring and real-life stories of remarkable groundbreaking women journalists. . . . This book should resonate with women everywhere who seek to use the full range of their abilities and still lead fulfilling personal lives. And it is not just for women!”—Chuck Hagel, former U.S. senator from Nebraska