War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover World War II

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 27, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 198 pages
When war broke out in Europe in 1939, American women had no way of knowing how much the next six years would change their lives. The beginning of World War II not only meant hard work and sacrifice for women in the United States -- it also meant opportunity.

In the 1920s and 1930s, women journalists were frequently labeled as "sob sisters" or "newshens," and their news stories usually appeared on the women's society page, deep inside the newspaper. But when war exploded around the world, these female reporters wanted more than just front-page assignments. They wanted to be where the action was, and fought for the right to report from the front lines.

From Margaret Bourke-White, who covered the battles in Russia; to Lee Miller, who photographed the wounded in field hospitals in France; to Shelley Mydans, who was a prisoner of war in the Philippines; to Marguerite Higgins, who reported at the liberation of Dachau, Catherine Gourley tells the personal stories of some of the female legends of journalism in this important and timely book.

Filled with stirring period photographs and news clippings, War, Women, and the News explores the conflicts and challenges these women faced before, during, and after World War II. Their images and bylines would crack open a door for future generations of aspiring female journalists.


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WAR WOMEN AND THE NEWS: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover World War II

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The newsroom in the 1920s and '30s was a man's world. Women were seen as too fragile to cover anything but childcare, fashion, beauty and health. But with the Great Depression came a role for women ... Read full review

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Excelent photograps and clear concise writing do not save this book form its flaws. The photographs and the writing when placed together on the same page often leave the reader confused as to which ... Read full review


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Catherine Gourley is an award-winning author and editor of numerous books for children and young adults, including Society's Sisters: Stories of Women Who Fought for Social Justice in America; Good Girl Work: Factories, Sweatshops, and How Women Changed Their Role in the American Workforce; and Wheels of Time: A Biography of Henry Ford. At present, Gourley is the director of Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing promotion program at the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. She is also the curriculum writer for the Story of Movies, an educational outreach program on film study and visual literacy in the middle school developed by the Film Foundation in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Dennis, in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

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