"[Fahs has] done [herself] proud, producing scholarship about topics long overdue, researching primary and secondary sources with energy and insight, maintaining sensitivity to race and ethnicity as well as gender, and writing with skill and deep commitment to the narratives [she] bring[s] to life."
-Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
"Fahs presents her research in an inviting and accessible prose style that is punctuated with several well-placed illustrations, rendering this a book that will appeal to a wide readership, from serious scholars to a more generalized audience."-Legacy
"Fahs suggests that the legacy of this half-forgotten generation stretched beyond journalism."
-Columbia Journalism Review
"A century ago, there was a rich network of women journalists among the country's abundant newspapers. They forged new identities both for themselves and for the print culture they created. They have long deserved this exploration."
"Offers a fresh perspective for evaluating the history of women in journalism."
-Journal of American History
"Give[s] readers a new way of looking at women journalists' actual contribution to both journalism specifically and society more generally. . . . Aspiring historians would be well served to learn from Fahs' approach."
"A most informative and enjoyable read. Highly recommended. Upper-division graduates through faculty."
"A highly useful book. Every academic library should own a copy, and many researchers will enjoy it simply because it is a good read."
-Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
"A richly detailed account of the hundreds of young female journalists who entered newspaper work in New York and other major American cities in the early 1900s."
-Red Weather Review
"A gift to journalism historians. Fahs seems to have unearthed every single newspaper story with a female byline appearing in a mainstream big-city paper between the mid-1880s and about 1910."
-Women's Review of Books
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illuminates the lives and writings of a lost world of women who wrote for major metropolitan newspapers at the start of the twentieth century. Fahs argues that, as observers and actors in a new drama of independent urban life, newspaper women used the simultaneously liberating and exploitative nature of their work to demonstrate the power of a public voice, both individually and collectively.