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Oregon Exchanges For the Newspapermen of the State of Oregon Eugene, Oregon
Vol. 1. No. 6
Breaking the Ice into Journalism .1 Review of the Newspaper Situation Since Women Have Places in the Profession.
Been Taking Their
By Miriam Page
Women have long been hammering at the insurmountable barrier of ice that has separated them from newspaperdom. Just recently this barrier has given away, and women are eagerly swarming through the gap to take their places in every phase of newspaper work. We see a woman over the top of the editor’s desk wielding with confidence the pen which her predecessor abandoned for the sword. We find her taking up the duties of the adver tising manager, who is now computing the distance from one side of No Man ’s Land to the other. Armed with a pair of shears, she slashes the telegraph news, impersonating the man who is now practicing his art on a more deserving foe. As reporter she fills the gap left by the young chap that now reports to a superior officer on the western front. And she has not been loath to take the place of the paper carrier just gone to a new job in the shipyards. In our own state this condition is well exemplified, for newspaper staffs whose only feminine member a year ago was the society editor, now show two or three names prefixed by Miss or Mrs. Letters to a number of these Oregon newspaper women brought responses
full of confidence, determination success. Each of them is well under its own signature, and the ing the best out of an abundance
and that push and enthusiasm which bespeak worth printing in full as a separate article difficulty in compiling them is one of select of good.
Vells. Winner Encourages Women.
Miss Vella Winner, women’s clubs editor for the Oregon Journal, paints a true picture of conditions as they are, and sounds the note of encouragement to all conscientious women journalists. She says: “That old line, ‘It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good,’ is splendidly exemplified in the depletion of the staffs of the newspapers of this country and their subsequent filling with women—all a result of the terrible world war. The struggle that women have had against that most terrible of odds, the prejudice of editors against women, based on ignorance, jealousy and a nar rowness of vision that blinded them to the fact that women have just as good Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/119 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/120 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/121 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/122 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/123 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/124 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/125 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/126 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/127 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/128 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/129 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/130 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/131 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/132 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/133 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/134 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/135 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/136 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/137 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/138 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/139 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/140 Page:Oregon Exchanges.pdf/141