Title: “You’re a tough guy, Mary – and a first-rate newspaperman”: Gender and women journalists in the 1920s and 1930s
Journal / Publication: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Pages: 913 – 921
Authors: Lumsden, Linda
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.