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Writing authoritatively as women


The change in women’s journalism
Katharine Whitehorn Writer
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[Q] Do you think you changed women’s journalism or...?

Not me personally, but I think... well, I was one of those who helped change it, and I think women’s journalism is totally different now from what it was in the mid ‘50s. It really is. But all kinds of things, apart from this, have... one of which is simply the vast size of papers, they’ve got to be filled with feature stuff. Because there isn’t enough hard news anyway.

A distinguished journalist and renowned author, Katharine Whitehorn (1928-2021) has written for The Spectator and Picture Post. She was the first woman to have her own column in the Observer and was their star columnist for the best part of 40 years. Educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, is recognised as someone who has transformed 20th century women's journalism. She took a keen interest in social welfare issues, was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and was the first woman rector of the University of St Andrews.

Listeners: Bob Bee

Bob Bee is a Scottish documentary maker who has made many films on the Arts and Science for ITV, BBC and Channel Four.

Tags: women, journalism

Duration: 30 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2010

Date story went live: 16 February 2011