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on November 13, 2011
This is a terrific book that recovers the forgotten world of the first women to write for American newspapers at the start of the 20th century. Fahs shows how a new spirit of adventure, independence, and women's community could be found side by side with exploitation in the newsrooms of New York City. Even when women journalists were confined to the early 20th cent. woman's page, she argues, they created "one of the public spaces of the suffrage movement." And "human interest" journalism, also relegated to women, expressed "genuine curiosity about how other peoples lived," along with "an expanded sense of the self." Fahs concludes that newspaper work did not necessarily lead women upward, but it did lead them "outward" - a beautiful ending to a brilliant and convincing book.