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Fearless Female Journalists

by Joy Crysdale

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media studies, women, social activists
list price: $10.95
also available: eBook
published: 2010
publisher: Second Story Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
13 to 18
Reading age:
9 to 13
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Fearless Female Journalists (Women’s Hall of Fame)

The latest books in The Women’s Hall of Fame Series introduce us to some familiar and not-so-familiar teachers and journalists. Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, Maria Montessori and Christa McAuliffe are teachers whose work and lives are well known. Their contributions, not only to the teaching profession but also to the idea of life-long learning, are an inspiration to many. Other teachers, whose lives are not so well documented, have also motivated children and adults to grow and flourish, often in discouraging circumstances. Onesime Dorval was a Métis Quebecois who was a pioneering teacher in French and English in Saskatchewan. Raden Kartini was an Indonesian woman living at the end of the nineteenth century. She had a hunger for knowledge and freedom. While her life was short-lived, she paved the way for the education of girls in her country. Friedl Dicker-Brandeis worked with children at the Terezin concentration camp, including Hana Brady (of Hana’s Suitcase). Marva Collins, a black teacher in Chicago, and Erin Gruwell, a teacher in Los Angeles, are two others who continue to educate and inspire children around the world.

Journalism can be an exciting, glamorous, tough and often dangerous profession, especially for women. The journalists profiled here are, indeed, fearless. Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman journalist in Canada and she spoke out on slavery and other issues. Nellie Bly took bravery to new heights by pretending to be insane and spending two weeks in a mental institution and then writing about the experience, and also by taking a solo journey around the world in 80 days after the Jules Verne book. Canada’s Doris Anderson and Barbara Frum were strong voices in the feminist movement of the late twentieth century. Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist who covered the Russian war in Chechnya, was gunned down in 2006 for trying to tell the truth about Russia’s involvement there.

These are two well-written and compelling books about important historical and contemporary women. This is a great series that should continue to find a place in every school collection.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

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Fearless Female Journalists (Women’s Hall of Fame)

Read about ten female journalists who risked life and limb as they reported on international events. Included are abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary, stunt reporter Nellie Bly, feminist Doris Anderson and TV legends such as Barbara Frum and Pam Oliver. A section including further resources about these tenacious women will enable students to learn more about their inspiring stories.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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  • Commended, The Amelia Bloomer Project - Top Ten List
  • Commended, The Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011" List
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Ten inspirational women who risked their lives to bring us the world’s stories. Whether reporting from the front lines or the anchor desk, they pushed the boundaries of journalism.

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Editorial Reviews

Thought provoking, touching, enlightening and over all powerful. It made me remember why I had started my own career in Broadcasting so many years ago. The only difference is I did not have the guts to stick it out, unlike the courageous women who broke down the barriers and crashed open the doors for the rest of us.

— Pencil Pushers and Ink Splotches blog

Fearless Female Journalists gives readers a new or renewed appreciation of women who have shaped the world in many exceptional ways. Mothers and daughters might enjoy reading together through the series, though readership need not be limited to girls and women. May “The Women’s Hall of Fame Series” continue to sound out the unsung heroines.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Female Journalists would be an ideal journalism class supplement or a resource for a high school student writing a paper on influential women.

— Story Circle Book Reviews blog

this collective biography strives to highlight the work of ten women who were so dedicated to journalism that their efforts helped to broaden the world of reporting as we know it.

— Kutztown University Book Review

...well written and interesting and will provide readers with enough of a taste to enourage them to expand their reading on these and other journalists.

— Resource Links

The amazing women featured in this book have pushed the boundaries of print, radio, television and Internet journalism and paved the way for future generations.

— Topix.net

Fearless Female Journalists is a strong and highly recommended read that shouldn't be missed by any young woman with journalistic aspirations.

— Midwest Book Review

In 118 pages, including a helpful glossary for young readers, Fearless encapsulates the evolution of journalism and women’s place in the field.

— J-Source.ca

A Toronto journalism professor, Crysdale writes in an easy-to-read style that will interest readers nine to 13 or possibly older.

— Winnipeg Free Press

Fearless Female Journalists paints a vivid picture of how important it is for us to continue to fight for the right of all people everywhere - regardless of gender or race - to express themselves and how powerful freedom of expression is when used as a tool to right terrible wrongs.

— Freedom to Read

These women show strength, tenacity and bravery, while facing ridicule and giving up much personally, as they bring us news from all corners of the world.

— Sal's Fiction Addiction Book Blog

The short biographies are just enough to whet your appetite and send you on a search for more about these amazing women.

— Shameless Magazine
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About the Author

Joy Crysdale

Joy Crysdale is an educator and award-winning journalist who worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and CTV Television for more than 20 years as a producer, executive producer and as program director for a specialty channel. The shows she produced garnered many awards, including two Geminis – Canada’s TV broadcast awards. Also the author of Courageous Women Rebels, Joy is now a professor of journalism at Humber College in Toronto.
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