Women Making News

Gender and Journalism in Modern Britain
Author: Michelle Elizabeth Tusan
Women creating space for their own political voices in the press
Cloth – $49
978-0-252-03015-4
Publication Date: November 2005
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About the Book

Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, female editors and journalists created a new genre of political journal they proclaimed to be both for and by women. Specialized periodicals like Women's Penny Paper and Shafts fostered the proliferation of diverse political agendas aimed at reimagining women's status in society. At the same time, the institutional infrastructure of the women's press provided women with job opportunities in a nontraditional field.

Michelle Tusan tells two stories. First, she examines alternative print-based political cultures that women developed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Second, she explores how British female subjects forged a wide range of new political identities through the pages of "their press." Tusan employs social and cultural historical analysis in the reading of popular printed texts, as well as rare and previously unpublished personal correspondence and business records from archives throughout Britain.

Insightful and filled with fascinating detail, Women Making News uncovers how the relationship between print culture and gender politics provided a vehicle for women's mobilization in the political culture of modern Britain.

About the Author

Michelle Tusan is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her books include The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarianism and Imperial Politics from Gladstone to Churchill.