Four Female Journalists Who Paved the Way

Ally McMillan

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March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates how strong and great women are.
Journalism is a male-dominated field with only 37 percent of female reporters. These four women
proved that it does not always have to be this way.
First, Nellie Bly endured one of the most brutal acts as an undercover journalist. After faking
being mentally unstable, she spent 10 days in an abusive and terrifying women’s mental asylum on
Blackwell Island, New York, chronicling the atrocities she saw. After publishing her story, the U.S.
government launched a formal investigation and called for a mental healthcare reform.
In addition, Evelyn Cunningham played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement while she was
working at the Pittsburgh Courier. She took on social and racial injustices, her most prominent being
lynching -something that the mainstream media never covered.
Maragret Fuller- Fuller would go on to be the first full-time, American, female, book-review
journalist. Her career began with The Dial in 1839. Later, she joined the New York Tribune writing a
highly praised literary critic column. Only two years later, she became the paper’s first female editor due
to the great success of her writing.
Lastly, Nancy Hicks Maynard was the first female reporter for The New York Times. She paved
the for minorities and female journalists alike. Once she moved on from writing, she formed the
Maynard Institiute of Journalism Education – an organization that is dedicated helping the media
accurately portray parts of society that are often overlooked.
These women truly paved the way for women everywhere with the impact that they left behind.
To some, they might even be considered heroes.
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