Onslow, Barbara. Women of the Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Macmillan, 2000.
Despite limited education, parental opposition, and the competitive nature of the field, many women in the nineteenth century sought to earn a living through journalism. Others saw the press as a valuable mechanism for cultivating the masses and influencing public opinion. This is the first book to focus on the contributions of women writers to the Victorian press: in addition to examining writers as varied as scholarly art historians, fashion writers, suffragist activists, gossip columnists, and book reviewers, Onslow considers women’s roles as publishers, correspondents, and editors. Drawing on a wide variety of sources–memoirs, newspapers, letters, magazines, journals, and contemporary fiction about journalism–as well as her own database containing hundreds of women’s data, Onslow assesses women’s contributions to journalism and how these contributions affected the careers of women novelists. This book includes a useful reference biography for 100 nineteenth-century women journalists.
Contributed by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra