1860 — The Women’s Pages

What did the “Women’s Pages” and war reporting have in common? Absolutely nothing. Only an exceptional woman, such as a Margaret Fuller, was able to work on the front section of the newspaper, which is why it was difficult for any female reporter to become a war reporter.  A job in journalism for most women in the United States in the late 19th and the early part of the 20th century, meant the “Women’s Pages.”

The “Women’s Pages” were created after the invention of the elevator and, subsequently, the big city department stores. The purpose of the “Women’s Pages” was advertising. Physically segregated into what was known as the “hen coop”, women reported on society news, appropriately genteel literary topics, and domestic and fashion concerns that related to the advertising of a given day. The line between editorial content and advertising was murky at best.


Women reporters during WWII were told war reporting was No Job For a Woman. Buy the DVD, available for purchase from Women Make Movies, to find out how these women over came the restrictions and created a new way of telling the story of war.
2011, 61 minutes, Color, DVD, English

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