Women of the Washington Press

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Publication Date
August 2012
Page Count
448 pages
Trim Size
5.25 x 8

Women of the Washington Press

Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence
Maurine H. Beasley

In Women of the Washington Press, Maurine Beasley chronicles for the first time the discrimination faced by Washington women journalists from the 1830s to the present day. In the face of blatant prejudice and restrictive societal attitudes, these remarkable journalists found ways to make enormous strides, sometimes by creating their own beats. Ironically, women arrived in top jobs only to see the field radically change and face an uncertain future. Although the traditional news field as a whole faces upheavals due to declining revenues coupled with the growth of social media, the stakes and costs for women continue to be particularly high as they wrestle with combining both family life and the heavy demands of new career paths.

About the Author

Maurine H. Beasley is a professor emerita of journalism at the

University of Maryland. She is the author, most recently, of Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady (2010) and First Ladies and the Press: The Unfinished Partnership of the Media Age (Northwestern, 2005). Beasley is a coauthor of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism (2002) and a coeditor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia (2000).