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Society celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

Posted on: March 8, 2021 by Mariella Brown

As part of International Women’s Day 2021, the Society of Editors has highlighted the work of some remarkable women journalists from the past. 

Starting with the first female editor of a UK national newspaper, the founding members of the Society of Women Journalists and progressing to the courageous frontline war reporters, listed below are just a few inspirational women from across the industry’s rich archive. 

Alison Gow, President of the Society of Editors and audience and content editor for Reach North West, said:
 
“Celebrating the work of brilliant women journalists on International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on what has been achieved, and also the work that still remains to be done. The gender pay gap, the lack of visibility of women in the most senior roles in many newsrooms, and the career obstacle course many women face as they juggle work with caring duties – these are some of the challenges that exist, and which the industry must work to tackle. 
 
“IWD is a perfect opportunity for us to amplify the voices and achievements of women in journalism, and also to ask ourselves how we continue to do this on March 9… and beyond. “

Now, you can get involved in the nominations by tagging @EditorsUK on Twitter with the names of present-day journalists who inspire you. This could be exceptional TV journalists, trailblazing editors or champions of local news. 

The highlights appear below: