Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern by Alice Fahs

By Alice Fahs

Out on Assignment illuminates the lives and writings of a misplaced global of girls who wrote for significant metropolitan newspapers at first of the 20th century. utilizing notable archival learn, Alice Fahs finds a richly networked group of lady newshounds drawn via the masses to significant cities--especially New York--from all components of the USA.

Newspaper ladies have been a part of a wave of girls looking new, self sustaining, city lives, yet they struggled to acquire the newspaper paintings in their desires. even though a few woman newshounds embraced extra adventurous reporting, together with stunt paintings and undercover assignments, many have been relegated to the women's web page. despite the fact that, those intrepid woman newshounds made the women's web page their very own. Fahs finds how their writings--including star interviews, witty sketches of city existence, celebrations of being "bachelor girls," suggestion columns, and a crusade in aid of suffrage--had far-reaching implications for the production of latest, smooth public areas for American girls on the flip of the century. As observers and actors in a brand new drama of self reliant city existence, newspaper girls used the at the same time freeing and exploitative nature in their paintings, Fahs argues, to illustrate the ability of a public voice, either separately and collectively.

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