Fearless Female Journalists
by Joy Crysdale


Second Story Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-897-18771-5.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 08/06/2010

Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

Nellie Bly captivated her audience with her worldwide adventures and wild feats, forever changing public opinion of what a woman was capable of accomplishing. Barbara Frum interviewed controversial figures on her television program, including Nelson Mandela, all while fighting the leukemia that eventually took her life. Farida Nekzad gave voice to women in Afghanistan who otherwise wouldn't be heard. They came from widely different walks of life, yet they all had one thing in common; they were all women who changed the world through journalism.

Joy Crysdale takes her readers on an interesting trip through the history of modern journalism in her book Fearless Female Journalists. She introduces us to women who challenged stereotypes by reporting from both the news desk and the front lines. If you need some inspiration, pick up this book and read a section or two. These women overcame great odds to accomplish what they did, and they are truly inspirational.

While this book isn't much of a pleasure read, it's jam packed with interesting stories. Fearless Female Journalists would be an ideal journalism class supplement or a resource for a high school student writing a paper on influential women.


Joy Crysdale is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked for more than 20 years in local and national news, current affairs, and documentary programs as a producer, executive producer, and program director. She is now a professor of journalism at Humber College in Toronto.

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