Author(s): Janet McCallum
The first women who played their parts in New Zealand journalism were truly pioneering. Most parts of the publishing process were completely off-limits to women until the second half of the 20th century. Even journalism - on newspapers and in magazines - was strictly proscribed.
In this survey of women in New Zealand journalism from the 1860's until the 1940's, Janet McCallum explores the role women played in the early decades of the country's media and how they first became journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters.
There are fascinating stories of women who, through talent and circumstances, broke longstanding taboos and had lengthy and successful careers on newspapers, magazines or as freelancers. Even on the women's and children's pages of newspapers they were routinely assigned to, they gained enthusiastic followings difficult to imagine today.