Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents And Photojournalists
Kerrie Logan Hollihan {Chicago Review Press}

It’s always been key to be first with a scoop, but even when
many of the women reporters did get the story first, newspapers
gave precedence to stories from male reporters, printing men’s
stories first and waiting a month to print articles by women that
were turned in at the same time or before. One solution was to
cover wars differently: As veteran reporter Gloria Emerson once
told a young woman, “Don’t get into that bang-bang stuff,
that’s what the boys are doing.” Instead, some women reporters
chose to focus on the human aspect of war, rather than deployment
numbers and death tolls. For instance, during World War
II, Sigrid Schultz stumbled upon an interesting fact: The Nazis
had begun a rabbit-breeding program in order to line the coats of
pilots and other workers. These rabbits were kept at concentration
camps, where they lived luxuriously in well-kept cages
as humans were tortured and starved alongside them. The unusual
program was not covered by men handling the hard news,
yet threw the inhumanity of Nazi Germany into stark relief.
These pioneering women sacrificed husbands, children, and
any semblance of a “normal” life to tell the crucial stories of war.
But their stories, too, are unforgettable—and will hopefully, one
day, be read as classics, evidence that the terrible world of wars
was also a proving ground for battles of gender.
— Chrystal Erickson


Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists

School Library Journal—May 1, 2014
Gr 8 Up—Hollihan profiles the lives of 16 trailblazing war correspondents in this well-researched and riveting book. Pioneers in the field of journalism, these little-known women come to life as the author illuminates not only the professional dangers they faced but also the cultural assumptions made about their abilities based solely on their gender. Whether facing bias and discrimination in their assignments—early reporters were tasked with writing about war from a woman's angle—or denied credentials their male counterparts were easily granted, these women found ways to circumvent obstacles to provide readers around the world with gritty, eyewitness accounts from countless battle zones. They revolutionized a profession and paved the way for future women in the field. Filled with black-and-white photos, newspaper clippings, and personal anecdotes from the women themselves, the text is chock-full of their daring exploits—such as Sigrid Schultz cohosting an engagement party for top Nazi Hermann Göring—all in the name of landing their stories. Not only do readers gain a healthy respect for each reporter, but they also gain insight into global history. As such, the book reads like a narrative time line of world history, women's rights, and the field of journalism as a whole. The inclusion of notes and a bibliography provides additional resources for further reading.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH