Relying on autobiographies, articles written by the subjects, and oral history, this article analyzes how gender-based polarities affected ten “front-page gals” between 1920 and 1940. It demonstrates how women journalists had to lose their feminine selves to succeed in the male-dominated city room. The women's emphasis on succeeding on individual merit left: them unable to recognize structural discrimination in pay, assignments, and benefits. Nonetheless, their adventurous spirit blazed a trail for future women journalists.
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