Do men need a guide for women at work?

The January 1, 1956 edition of The Bulletin of the American Society of Newspaper Editors was dedicated to “Women in Journalism.” A full page was given to an article written by Thomas Collins, the feature editor of the Chicago Daily News with the headline “There are Ladies Present” and the subhead, “(Being an account of… Continue reading Do men need a guide for women at work?

Networks – Now and Then

Ever since I studied structured communication patterns as a graduate student, I’ve had a viscerally negative reaction to “network” as a verb. In this age of social media, though, such usage – and “networking” itself – is largely unavoidable. I’m a bit of a lightweight, but you can follow me on Twitter, like my Facebook… Continue reading Networks – Now and Then

Did Dorothy have a confidence problem?

Dorothy Jurney had quite a career in journalism. Born in 1909 to a newspaperman father and suffragette mother, she began her career at the Michigan City News and was women’s editor at the Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Journalism scholar Jean Gaddy Wilson said that she “single-handedly changed American newspapers” by changing… Continue reading Did Dorothy have a confidence problem?

Equal Pay – Now and Then

A few days ago – Tuesday, April 8 – was “Equal Pay Day” – the date that symbolizes how long a woman would have to work (on average) to earn what a man earned the previous calendar year. President Obama commemorated the day by signing two executive orders providing incremental fixes to address continuing pay… Continue reading Equal Pay – Now and Then

Equality in the Newsroom? Not so much

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

From Laura Petrie to Mary Richards

From 1961 to 1966, there was Laura Petrie, loving wife of Rob and mother to Ritchie. The Petries lived in New Rochelle, New York and Rob commuted to Manhattan and worked as the head writer at the Alan Brady Show. Laura met Rob when she was a 17-year-old dancer with the USO, and she happily… Continue reading From Laura Petrie to Mary Richards

Rosie the …. Reporter?

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?

From Big-S to Small-S Society

As I write, information sources ranging from NPR to cable news to my Facebook feed tell me about what was happening 50 years ago this week: Late August in 1963, the historic March on Washington culminating in the I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a watershed event, and as… Continue reading From Big-S to Small-S Society

The Editors

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