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Two British journalists (the Sunday Times) have assembled an edifying, historically astute, yet still entertaining collection of pieces written by women from diverse periodicals throughout the 20th century—from both sides of the Atlantic. So-called women's concerns dominate the subject categories, such as "Home & Family" (e.g., Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day") and "Sex & Body Image" (e.g., Angela Carter's "Fat Is Ugly"), although the most riveting selections cover war and politics, such as Martha Gellhorn's "Dachau" and Marie Colvin's "The Arafat I Knew." Emma Goldman's floridly righteous anti-WWI essay "The Promoters of the War Mania" sets a thunderous tone; Nellie Bly's "Ten Days in a Madhouse" (1888) is the earliest selection, and suffragist Sylvia Pankhurst and even Zelda Fitzgerald ("What Became of the Flappers?") make appearances. Notable American writers are well represented, including Mary McCarthy ("Report from Vietnam"), Erica Jong ("Hillary's Husband Re-elected") and Joan Didion ("On Self-Respect"), and a few appear in surprising ways, such as novelists Djuna Barnes, in her early career as a gonzo journalist, recounting her experience being forcibly fed as a jailed suffragist (1914), and Anne Tyler in a hilarious character sendup of Maryland governor Marvin Mandel on trial (1977). (Jan.)
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From Djuna Barnes' 1914 account of being force-fed to end her hunger strike, to Eleanor Roosevelt's 1938 "My Day" column, to Rose George's 2004 article about gang rapes in France, this collection provides a broad and deep look at reporting by women in the past century. Eschewing conventional reporting techniques long before the advent of new journalism, many of these writers offer passionate advocacy for women's rights and against social injustices. Emma Goldman protests World War I, Martha Gellhorn chronicles conditions at Dachau prison camp, Alice Walker speaks out for abortion rights, and Helen Fielding presents an excerpt from Bridget Jones's Diary. Other featured writers include Daphne du Maurier, Nellie Bly, Erica Jong, Pauline Kael, Naomi Wolf, and Zelda Fitzgerald. The section "Emancipation and Having It All," with contributions from 1914 through 2005, illustrates how long women have agonized over balancing the desires for family life and career. Readers interested in developments in journalism and women's issues over the past century will cherish this collection. Vanessa Bush
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786716673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786716678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Forget that these are women journalists and writers - this is just good writing. In these days when magazines have become primarily picture books with captions it's edifying to look back over a hundred years of excellent writing. The focus leans, as one would expect from the title, toward a feminist viewpoint but whether writing about themselves, their homes, or the world these are all excellent essays. The contents are arranged chronologically by chapter and this gives another interesting insight into growing attitudes with time. Really a good book.
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Having grown up in an era when women are anchoring the national news and where I served as politics section editor of my college newspaper, I take it for granted that women are now reporting (and subsequently making) news.

This incredible book says that women's reporting the news has fundamentally been a political act. Not always welcome in a 'male' profession, the pioneers subsequently developed a gender consciousness and an understanding of social justice. The news could and should be used to advocate for social change.

I loved the wide collection of articles in this book. The articles are organized around thematic topics capturing the muckraking spirit of investigative journalists. With Iraq dominating many a global headline, I found significance that the first section is war, Mary McCarthy reports on Vietnam (1967), and Susan Sontag writes about torture (2004). I also appreciated that "Politics, race, and society" are intentionally intersected with particular attention to economic class issues. America still wants to convince itself that it is a democracy with equality of opportunity for everybody and those not participating in the American Dream 'chose' their lot.

Finally, the book shows the balancing act which these women journalists are expected to endure. In spite of progress, women continue being the ones having to balance their personal and professional lives even in a 'liberal' profession. Reading this part of the book solidified my already-held belief that our 'egalitarian' society needs to ask male journalists to assume similar balancing acts for a true democracy.
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An amazing and touching read from start to finish. Women doing something that has always belonged to men but now women show that they can be just as good as they are. Some really interesting stories in this book some fun reading as well. These women became the top writers in there field for a reason and these stories show you that.
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