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The Boston Globe Trove at Northeastern Holds Its Share of Forgotten Women Journalists

November 28, 2022

In her search of the archives The Boston Globe has housed at Northeastern University, Meg Heckman discovered Marjory Adams and wrote about it for the journal, Journalism History. Adams who “came to the Boston Globe in 1919 and spent the next year as the only woman on the graveyard shift, covering murders, fires and other assorted urban catastrophes.” That would make her a Globe “front page girl,” another of those diminishing monikers (like “stunt girl”) the women reporters of 1919 embraced, so relieved not to be on the women’s pages. All across the country in her age cohort, Adams had formidable peers, among them Ishbel Ross and the photographer Dorothea Lange, both born in 1895; Sonia Tomara and Dorothy Day, born in 1897; and Ruth Finney, Irene Kuhn, and Kathleen McLaughlin, born in 1898. Ross was the front page girl nonpareil, always seen in that “white male gaze” as one of the truly outstanding newspapermen of the 1920s and early 1930s. She is best known now as the author of the 1936 Ladies of the Press, the last time anyone took a sweeping look at the history of women in journalism for general audiences before Undaunted.