The story of the Canadian Women’s Press Club
CBC Books – Monday, 09 July2012 (originally published 03 Jul)
Before women could vote in Canada, or were even considered “persons” under the law, there was the Canadian Women’s Press Club. It was created by a group of female journalists who were sent to cover the World’s Fair in St. Louis, in 1904.
Linda Kay, who teaches journalism at Montreal’s Concordia University, tells the story of the 16 reporters who formed the influential organization in her new book, The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey That Inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club.
Kay said she became interested in the club’s story when she started teaching a course called “Gender and Journalism.” “I was doing a lot of research for that class, and I found that there was going to be a 100th anniversary party of the Canadian Women’s Press Club in 2004 ,” she explained to Sonali Karnick, host of All in a Weekend, in a recent interview. “And I said, ‘what is this club?’” Kay had never even heard of it, but she decided that she had to attend the celebration and find out more . . .
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