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Winner, 2012 Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award
Women of the Washington Press argues that for nearly two centuries women journalists have persisted in their efforts to cover politics in the nationand#8217;s capital in spite of blatant prejudice and restrictive societal attitudes. They have been held back by the difficulties of combining two competing roles and#8211; those of women and journalists. As a group they have not agreed among themselves on feminist goals, while declaring that they aspire to be seen as professional journalists, not as advocates of a particular ideology. Still, they have brought a different perspective to the news, as they have fought hard to prove that they are capable of covering political issues just like male journalists. Over the years women have networked with each other and carved out areas of expertise and#8211; such as reporting of politically-oriented social events and coverage of first ladies and#8211; that men disdained, while they pressed to gain entrance to sex-segregated institutions like the National Press Club. Attempting to merge the personal and the political, they have raised issues like sexual harassment that men journalists left untouched. At a point today where they represent about half of accredited correspondents, women still face shifting barriers that make it difficult to combine the roles of both women and journalists in Washington, but they are continuing to broaden the definition of political journalism.and#160;
In Women of the Washington Press, Maurine Beasley chronicles for the first time the discrimination faced by Washington women journalists from the 1830s to the present day. In the face of blatant prejudice and restrictive societal attitudes, these remarkable journalists found ways to make enormous strides, sometimes by creating their own beats.
About the Author
Maurine H. Beasley is a professor emerita of journalism at the University of Maryland. She is the author, most recently, of Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady (2010) and First Ladies and the Press: The Unfinished Partnership of the Media Age (Northwestern, 2005). Beasley is a coauthor of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism (2002) and a coeditor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia (2000).
Table of Contents
A New Generation
Eleanor Roosevelt and the and#8216;Newspaper Girls"
World War II Shatters Precedents and#8211; At Least for a Time
Parties, Power and Protest in the Sixties and Early Seventies
Clothes, Cameras, and Determination to Move into Broadcasting
A Question of Equity at the End of the Twentieth Century
Women Journalists Confront Todayand#8217;s Media Challenges