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Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists Paperback – October 13, 2005
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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.