1971 January 15

National Press Club Admits Women Reporters


The National Press Club voted 227–56 to admit women after a “brief but boisterous” debate. The Women’s National Press Club had recently voted 104–0 to admit men. The battle over women in journalism was not over, however. On September 26, 1972, the ACLU sued the San Francisco Press Club over its exclusion of women.

Read About the Struggles of Women Reporters at the New York Times: Nan Robertson, The Girls in the Balcony (1992)

Learn more: June O. Nicholson, et al., eds, The Edge of Change: Women in the Twenty-First Century Press (2009)

Learn more about women reporters and publishers: https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/womenwithdeadlines/wwd1.htm

And about famous women journalists: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/journalists

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