Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940

Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940

by Mary Lynn Stewart

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In the late nineteenth century, the first wave of female journalists began writing in the French daily press. Yet, while they undeniably opened doors for the next generations of educated women, sexist hiring practices, assumptions about women’s aptitudes as reporters, and more subtle gender biases continued to saturate the industry in the decades that followed. Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910–1940 investigates the careers and written work of ten women who regularly reported in the national, Paris-based dailies. Addressing the role of mentorship, family connections, gendered behaviours, reporting styles, and subject matter, Mary Lynn Stewart debunks lingering essentialist notions about women’s entry into journalism. She shows that struggling newspapers, attempting to reverse declining circulation, hired women to cover subjects that expanded to include international relations, colonial conflicts, trials, local politics, and social problems. Through content analysis, deixis, and systematic comparisons of several women and men reporting on the same or different events, she further queries claims about a feminine style, finding more similarities than differences between masculine and feminine reporting. Documenting the persistence of gender discrimination in the hiring, assigning, and assessment of women reporters in the French daily press, Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910–1940 demonstrates that, through the support of their female colleagues, women managed to succeed despite a variety of challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773553231
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2018
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mary Lynn Stewart is professor emerita of Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Part 1 Generations, Mentors, and Mothers

1 Pioneers and Mentors: Séverine and Durand, 1880s-1909 21

2 Mother and Daughter 1: Séverine and Capy, 1910-1940 37

3 Mother and Daughter 2: Colette and Beaumont, 1910-1940 53

4 Family Business: Andrée, Gustave, and Simone Téry, 1890s-1940 71

Part 2 Gender and Front-Page Reporting

5 Gender and Grand Reporting: Andrée Viollis and Albert Londres on Asia, 1930s 97

6 Gender, Politics, and Racism in Colonial Reporting, 1930s 121

7 Family and Diplomatic Reporting: Geneviève Tabouis, 1930s 143

Part 3 Gender On Other Beats

8 Gender and Social Reporting: La Mazière, Clar, and Moran, 1922-1939 163

9 Women's Pages: Rosine, Magda, and Chandet, 1918-1940 182

Conclusion 199

Notes 205

Bibliography 249

Index 277

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