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Re-Evaluating Women's Page Journalism in the Post-World War II Era

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  • Documents more than twenty-five women journalists and their impact on the journalism industry during the post-World War II era
  • Demonstrates the history of women's page journalism as central to the women's liberation movement
  • Recounts the stories of women journalists who have been largely forgotten by historians

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Re-Evaluating Women’s Page Journalism in the Post-World War II Era tells the stories of significant women’s page journalists who contributed to the women’s liberation movement and the journalism community. Previous versions of journalism history had reduced the role these women played at their newspapers and in their communities—if they were mentioned at all. For decades, the only place for women in newspapers was the women’s pages. While often dismissed as fluff by management, these sections in fact documented social changes in communities.

These women were smart, feisty and ahead of their times. They left a great legacy for today’s women journalists. This book brings these individual women together and allows for a broader understanding of women’s page journalism in the 1950s and 1960s. It details the significant roles they played in the post-World War II years, laying the foundation for a changing role for women.

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“Voss’s book is an easy read that will enrich class conversations about women’s movements today. As Voss shows, women have always used their mediated spaces to expand the definition of society and who is able to speak in the media. This conversation is one that can challenge both contemporary and historical gender students and researchers.” (Candi Carter Olson, Department of Journalism and Communication, Utah State University)

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  • Nicholson School of Communication and Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

    Kimberly Wilmot Voss

About the author

Kimberly Wilmot Voss is Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, USA. She is author of The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community, Politicking Politely: Well-Behaved Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s and co-author of Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness.

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