ERIC Number: ED204754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Club "Ladies" and Working "Girls": Rheta Childe Dorr and the New York "Evening Post."
McGlashan, Zena Beth
The firm stance of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) on the problems of working class women in 1906 was not an impulsive act of altruism, but rather the result of a finely planned campaign that combined the ingenuity and resourcefulness of two women: the GFWC's president, Sarah Platt Decker, and the women's editor of the New York "Evening Post," Rheta Childe Dorr. Dorr gave sensitive coverage to two distinct kinds of publics--the working women in the sweatshops of New York and other Eastern manufacturing centers and club women who were beginning to realize that contemporary social issues should be the center for their energies. Dorr's attitude toward women and their work was essentially two-fold: that equality between men's and women's workplace conditions and pay was necessary because women had to work to survive, and that women were fully as capable as men of deriving a sense of independence and satisfaction from their participation in the work force. An examination of Dorr's journalistic, working world and club participation poses two questions of concern to journalism historians: "how has women's participation and current status within the labor force--and within journalism history--been shaped by the attention women have received?" and "did women's editors slow the progress of women in those years following the advocacy of the Progressive Era?" (HOD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Decker (Sarah P); Dorr (Rheta C); General Federation of Womens Clubs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).