Women Journalists in Florida

Posted December 11, 2020 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

You’ve heard of women trailblazers—women who defied the odds, who inspired a movement or shattered their industry glass ceilings. Floridian female journalists like Marjory Stoneman Douglas or Lucy Morgan are these women.

Rarely told, the stories of female journalists in Florida are fascinating ones—mainly from the 1920s through the 1970s. While early Floridian women ran newspapers, exposing public wrongs, other female reporters were found in the women’s pages where they wrote about food, fashion and politics. These ambitious women wrote advice columns and covered women clubs; they were passionate, interesting women who made a difference in their communities. Now in this virtual workshop, you will learn about them from University of Central Florida Professor Kimberly Voss. Dr. Voss will share details about these journalistic pioneers, their connection to their communities and their impact on fashion, food and bridal news.

This program is presented by UCF Professor Dr. Kimberly Voss and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About Your Program Presenter
Dr. Kimberly Voss is a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida. Her research include women’s studies, women and the media, journalism history, food history, media law and social media. Professor Voss is the author of four books. Her first book in 2014, Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness, analyzed the role of women in the 1950s advertising industry based on the television show, Mad Men. It was co-authored with three colleagues at other universities and positively reviewed by Media Report To Women, Popular Culture Review and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

Her second book—The Food Section—earned the 2014 Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award. Professor Voss examined the content of the women’s pages, finding that these sections had more complex content, including an awareness of the inequities women were facing in society and thus laying the foundation for the women’s liberation movement. She wrote several articles about this intersection in her third book, Women Politicking Politely. Her most recent book, Re-Evaluating Women’s Page Journalism in the Post-World War II Era, tells the stories of significant women’s page journalists who contributed to the women’s liberation movement, the journalism community and the significant roles they played in the post-World War II years. Professor Voss has published more than 30 articles about women and journalism history, including those in American Journalism, Journalism History and Mass Communication Quarterly. She is a member of the Publications Board for the American Journalism Historians Association.