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Front-Page Women Journalists, 1920-1950 (Women in the West) Hardcover

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  • Series: Women in the West
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803215258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803215252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,190,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Cairns] focuses on three women who began their careers in California and went on to achieve considerable success and even fame. . . . The three different personalities and different career trajectories bear witness to the very real possibilities—and difficulties—of challenging journalists’ long-standing assumption that only white men were important as actors and audiences, so only white men could write for and about white men. As such, their stories will enliven undergraduate journalism history courses.”—Linda Steiner, American Journalism
(Linda Steiner American Journalism)

"In detailing the lives of front-page female journalists Ruth Finney, Charlotta Bass, and Agness Underwood, Kathleen Cairns has thoroughly enriched the historiography of women in the American West. . . . With this definitive study, Cairns further demonstrates that women at work made a difference in the American West."—Gordon Morris Bakken, Montana the Magazine of Western History
(Gordon Morris Bakken Montana the Magazine of Western History)

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Kathleen A. Cairns is a journalist and also teaches history and humanities at California State University, Sacramento.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "dmlii" on May 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Cairns does a formidable job of revealing these early women journalists in the context of their era -- and explores the womens' own ambivalence about their unique role in society. These women come alive on the page and easily earn a place in the forefront of ground-breaking, energetic and articulate women of the age.
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