Posted in Young Adult Nonfiction

War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover World War II, by Catherine Gourley

545634War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover World War II
Catherine Gourley
2007 by Atheneum
ISBN – 9780689877520
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

This book follows women journalists covering war. It wasn’t always easy being a female journalist, as many editors considered journalism as a man’s career. Many women had to force their way into the field kicking. It was great to learn about how women impacted the field of journalism as well as photo journalism especially during times of war. As we know war has not often been considered to be a good place for women throughout history, but these women proved to their bosses and the world that they were just as capable as men at producing war media. I thought this book was full of really fun facts to know and tell. I also really enjoyed looking at the photographs that the women took. One of my biggest problems with the book was the lack of photographs. Often the text would go into great detail about a specific photograph and then not show the picture. I found it disappointing to learn so much about a picture and the events that surrounded it, and then not be able to view it. I enjoyed that the events followed a timeline and not each woman. It made the book feel much more like a story, and not a bunch of facts listed by journalist. Overall, a solid read.

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