“You’re a tough guy, Mary – and a first-rate newspaperman”: Gender and women journalists in the 1920s and 1930s

Title: “You’re a tough guy, Mary – and a first-rate newspaperman”: Gender and women journalists in the 1920s and 1930s

Year: 1995

Journal / Publication: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Volume: 72

Issue: 4

Pages: 913 – 921

Authors: Lumsden, Linda

Abstract:

Relying on autobiographies, articles written by the subjects, and oral history, this article analyzes how gender-based polarities affected ten “front-page gals” between 1920 and 1940. It demonstrates how women journalists had to lose their feminine selves to succeed in the male-dominated city room. The women’s emphasis on succeeding on individual merit left them unable to recognize structural discrimination in pay, assignments, and benefits. Nonetheless, their adventurous spirit blazed a trail for future women journalists.

Link: http://jmq.sagepub.com/content/72/4/913.abstract

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