1937 — Martha Gellhorn: 1908-1998

Martha Gellhorn began her war reporting career covering the Spanish Civil War. She had met Ernest Hemingway at a bar in Key West the previous year, and she joined him in Madrid in 1937 because she wanted to be “where the boys are going.” She felt ill-equipped to write about war since she was unfamiliar with military tactics or vernacular. Hemingway encouraged her to write what she did know about: people.¬†Thus began her style of war reporting where she focussed on the human-cost-of-war.
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Martha Gellhorn 1908-1998; The Face of War (1959); Travels with Myself and Another (1978); The View From the Ground (1988).


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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