Marj Paxson’s first job was with the United Press wire service in Omaha, Nebraska during World War II. It was there she had her first brush with sexual harassment, fighting off the advances of a clerk at the Nebraska Supreme Court. Twice during her career, Marj was demoted when the section she was capably… Continue reading Equality in the Newsroom? Not so much
Do great women and men drive the trajectory of society or does the historical context exercise a powerful grip that molds the actions of individuals? Social theorists such as Georg Wilhelm Hegel and Karl Marx have argued that historical context can wield an overwhelming influence – even a great thinker such as Aristotle, they suggest,… Continue reading A Woman of her Times
There was a lot of news to cover in Dallas on November 22, 1963. President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy were arriving at Love Field after a 13-minute flight from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. It would be Kennedy’s fourth stop in Texas, and although he hadn’t officially declared his candidacy for… Continue reading November 22, 1963 – Vivian Reports
The image is iconic. A woman in blue workshirt and red polka dot kerchief flexing a bicep. Her message: “We can do it.” A less iconic image from the same era shows a pretty blond saluting from behind a typewriter. The message: “Victory waits on your fingers.” These images tell a straightforward story. World War… Continue reading Rosie the …. Reporter?
Vivian Castleberry - an influential women's editor - at her typewriter Those were turbulent times, the 60s and 70s. Civil rights. Vietnam. Assassinations. Woodstock. Watergate. And then there were those pesky women. Feminists, second wavers, or – worst of all – libbers. They were gathering in consciousness raising groups across the country. They were reveling… Continue reading The Editors