Women and the Press: The Struggle for Equality
Patricia Bradley. Women and the Press: The Struggle for Equality. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2005.
Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Book-Academic
The struggle for gender equality in the United States long predated the suffrage era, and continues to this day. During the Constitutional Convention, for instance, Abigail Adams made her famous plea to her husband John Adams to “remember the ladies.”
In her 2005 book Women and the Press, Patricia Bradley examines the tensions that have arisen over the course of this journey as they relate to women in journalism. From their first entrance into the commercial press as sentimental writers up to the present day, the call for gender equality has had special meaning for female journalists. Is there a role—a responsibility, even—for advocacy in a newsroom setting? This is an account of how women in journalism sought to integrate the need for gender equality with the realities of their profession.
A limited preview of a review of the book, as well as full-text access options, is available from Taylor & Francis Online.
For more on women journalists and suffrage, see “A New Generation,” in Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence.