The Women's Pages: A Hard Look at "Soft News"

  • Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Fri, March 19, 2021 | 1 pm ET | Free

The Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History: Breaking News, Breaking Barriers: Women in American Journalism
The Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History is the cornerstone of the Center for Women's History's public and scholarly programs. Our virtual 2021 conference features a mix of pre-recorded keynote conversations and live panels held via Zoom. This year—in conjunction with the exhibition Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEO opening in the Joyce B. Cowin Gallery of Women’s History in April 2021—the Center examines the complex history of women in journalism. 

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Presented LIVE on Zoom

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, newspapers and magazines turned their gaze towards a new and potentially lucrative body of readers: women. A rising cadre of talented women journalists influenced generations of readers with popular new genres, from stunt reporting to celebrity gossip to advice columns. Explore the evolution of “soft news” journalism and the “women’s page" with our expert panel, and examine both its remarkable potential and its problematic legacies.

Julie Golia (moderator) is the Curator of History, Social Science, and Government Information at The New York Public Library (NYPL). Jean M. Lutes is a professor of English at Villanova University. Kathy Feeley is the associate dean of the college of arts and sciences and professor of history at the University of Redlands. Ayelet Brinn is a historian of American Jewish culture at the Katz Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


This is a free program as part of the Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History. Register at the above link, and you'll receive a confirmation email and a Zoom link the day before the event.

Image: Harris & Ewing, Miss Marion Martin, Republican National Committeewoman from Maine, outlined to women reporters the stand of the Republican Party on current issues, 1937. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington D.C.

Major funding for the programs of the Center for Women’s History has been provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Jean Margo Reid, the Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton, Eric J. & Daria L. Wallach, Diana and Joseph DiMenna, Deutsche Bank, Claudine and Fred Bacher, James Basker and Angela Vallot, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Hogan Lovells, and the Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation.