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
(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.
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.
Frances Marion (1888-1973) was one of the most
famous female screenwriters of the 20th century. She was the first
writer to win two Academy Awards.
Before starting work in the film industry, she
was an artist and journalist. She also served as a combat correspondent during
World War I, where she documented the efforts of women on the front lines.
Throughout her career she wrote more than 300 scripts and produced more than
Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976, pictured above with Eleanor Roosevelt) was an early radio host.
She was called “The First Lady of Radio”, and her daily audience was
between six and eight million listeners.
She started her women’s-advice show in 1934,
using the persona of “Martha Deane”, and aired daily until 1940. The
show was later picked up by networks such as CBS and NBC, and featured a large
number of famous guests. Along with her partner Stella Karn, she was a pioneer
not only in the world of broadcasting and media, but also for giving visibility
to lesbian and bisexual journalists.
(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.
Mitford (1917-1996) was a journalist and civil rights activist of British origin.
She wrote extensively about the plight of African Americans and was actively
involved in the fight for equal rights.
Born in England, she became an American citizen after she settled in
California, where she worked as executive secretary for the local Civil Rights
Congress. Her investigative journalism led to the publication of books such as The American Way of Death or Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison
Business, which uncovered the abuse going on in some aspects of American society.
Rebecca Solnit (b. 1961) is a
journalist and activist, involved in a variety of causes, from environmental
issues to human rights campaigns. She is a regular contributor to Harper’s Magazine, where she writes the
Easy Chair column, the first woman to do so since its beginning in 1851.
She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship
and a National Book Critics Circle Award, among other recognitions. She has
written books on a variety of topics, from politics to art, history and