June 21, 2017

Martha Gelhorn is a continued inspiration for female journalists, having worked as a war reporter. She first reported in the Spanish Civil War, as she accompanied Ernest Hemingway to Spain, and continued her career after their marriage. Her writing focused on the effects of war on ordinary citizens and when she encountered barriers due to her gender, she made her own path. For instance, asking for an assignment during WWII after years of war reporting, she was told that she would not be accredited because female reporters were not allowed in war zones. Instead, she set sail around the Caribbean to see how the war was affecting people there. Later, in 1943, when female reporters could finally get accredited—though not to the frontlines—she reported on the activities of female military personnel.

Source: Babble

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