Category: journalist

Laureana
Wright de Kleinhans
 (1846-1896)
was an early Mexican feminist. Through her magazines, Violetas de Anahuac and
Mujeres de Anahuac, she promoted female education and the idea that men
and women were intellectually equal.

She was a journalist and a member of numerous
literary societies around Mexico, always advancing ideas of gender equality and
the possibility of distancing oneself from the feminine ideal of marriage and
motherhood. One of her greatest achievements is the book Mujeres notables mexicanas
(1910), which contains 116 biographies of important Mexican women, of which
29 were indigenous – an important recognition at the time.

Doris
Fleeson
(1901-1970, pictured with Eleanor
Roosevelt) was an American journalist. She was the first woman to have a
nationally syndicated political column in the United States.

She studied economics at the University of
Kansas, after which she started working for the Pittsburg Sun. She was a war correspondent during World War II,
reporting from France and Italy. By 1960, her political column ran in around
100 newspapers.

Jane Jacobs
(1916-2006) was an American-Canadian author, journalist and activist. She
was particularly influential in urban studies, and her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities argued
that urban renewal did not respect the needs of the citizens.

She fought to prevent so-called ‘slum clearances’ in Greenwich Village,
New York, where entire blocks would have been demolished and replaced with high
rises. Her influence is proven by her introduction of sociological concepts
such as “social capital” and “eyes on the street” in urban studies. A medal in
her name was established in 2007 for individuals who bring significant
contributions to urban design.

Jane Meade
Welch
(1854-1931)
was a journalist and historian active in the area of Buffalo, New York. She was
the first woman in the city to become a professional journalist and the first
American woman who lectured at Cambridge University.

She worked for the Buffalo Express and then for the Buffalo Courier, while also organising
history classes for women in her home. She ended up giving lectures at several
institutions around the US and beyond, including at Cornell and Cambridge. She
was the first American woman whose work was accepted by the British Association.

Aslı Erdoğan (b. 1967) is a
Turkish author, journalist and human rights activist. She was the recipient of
the Simone de Beauvoir Prize in 2018.

She studied physics and computer engineering and
worked for a period of time as a particle physicist for the European Organization
for Nuclear Research. Her novels were translated in several languages and won
international prizes. In 2016 she was arrested for being a contributor to the
newspaper Özgür Gündem (New Agenda).

Lydia Maria
Child
(1802-1880)
was a journalist and novelist, as well as an activist for women’s rights,
Native American rights, and abolitionism. She fought against white supremacy
and patriarchal society her entire life.

She believed that women’s rights were closely
tied with African American rights, as both groups were oppressed and no real
progress could be achieved unless both issues were dealt with. Her writings in
support of the abolitionist movement included the book An Appeal in the Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans and
the publication National Anti-Slavery
Standard.
Her fictional book Hobomok,
which portrayed a relationship between a Native American and a white woman, was
scandalous at the time of its publication.

Bettye Lane
(1930-2012) was a photojournalist who documented numerous crucial events
in American history, mostly as part of the movements for civil rights, gay
rights and feminism.

After being assigned to cover the first Women’s Strike for Equality in
1970, she made it her mission to attend and document every single march and
rally. She was one of the few who photographed the Stonewall riots, an important
part of the movement for LGBT rights. Her work is permanently exhibited at the
National Museum of Women in Arts, as well as the New York Public Library and
Harvard University, among others.

Letty Jimenez
Magsanoc
(1941-2015)
was a Filipino journalist, seen as an icon of democracy in her home country. Her
writing was instrumental in helping overthrow the dictatorship of Ferdinand
Marcos.

She
began writing for the Manila Bulletin in
1969, and was noted for her column which was often critical of the government.
She later became editor of Panorama,
the largest circulation magazine in the Philippines at the time, as well as of Mr & Mrs Special Edition. The
banning of her articles led to widespread outrage at the lack of press freedom
in the country, and sparked the overthrowing of the dictatorship.

Anne Applebaum (b. 1964) is an American Pulitzer-winning journalist, academic, and writer. Educated at Yale University and St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, she is currently a visiting professor at the LSE.  

She is best known for her work on civil society in Eastern and Central Europe, and for her award-winning non-fiction book, Gulag: A History. As a journalist she wrote extensively about international politics after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the role of Russia in modern politics. She was one of the few to write about the new populist movements in Western Europe and the US, and the role of internet disinformation, propaganda, and fake news.

Svetlana Alexievich (b. 1948) is an
investigative journalist and writer from Belarus. She is the recipient of the
2015 Nobel Prize in Literature.

As a journalist, she
was particularly interested in narratives based on witness testimonies, and
documented events such as World War II, the fall of the Soviet Union or the
Chernobyl disaster based on oral accounts. She has published numerous
non-fiction works dealing with themes of war and persecution, and has received
multiple literary awards in recognition of her skill.