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Danna L. Walker

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 84: Women as Leaders in Alternative Media

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Women as Leaders in Alternative Media
Women as leaders in alternative media

Women have played important roles in American journalism since colonial times, working in the beginning as both printers and newspaper publishers despite the fact that they had no legal rights and little formal education. Their full participation in what would come to be called mainstream media came gradually thereafter, sometimes in spectacular fashion, such as with Margaret Fuller's breakthrough in the 1840s as the first American women foreign correspondent, Ida B. Wells-Barnett's campaign against slavery in the 1890s as owner of the Memphis Free Speech, and Gloria Steinem's influence ...

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