“A New Generation,” in Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence
Maurine H. Beasley. Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012. (pp. 25-56).
Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Book Chapter
Chapter Two of Women of the Washington Press examines the impact of the suffrage movement on women journalists in Washington, DC in the 1920s. It calls the suffrage campaign “a godsend” to women because it gave them a wedge for writing political news (p. 33). It notes that mainstream newspapers carried news of the campaign, including the harsh treatment of suffragists imprisoned in a workhouse.
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For more on women journalists and suffrage, see Women and The Press: The Struggle for Equality.