1st Female Correspondent

Margaret Fuller

 First American Woman Correspondent

Margaret Fuller, a 19th century Massachusetts native, broke a glass ceiling for women correspondents.  This poet, feminist, critic,  creative writer made her way into the ranks of memorable journalists; her efforts paved the way for others.

Here are some interesting facts about her:

  •   After pursuing a variety of educational pursuits, and establishing herself as someone who was known as a voracious, diverse reader, she began submitting works to various publications.
  •  It was also in adulthood that she began to support the women’s rights movement.
  •  From 1839 to 1844, she served as an editor for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendental journal The Dial.
  •  After 1844, she accepted a literary critic position with The New York Tribune. In doing so, she became the first full-time book critic in the United States. She also reviewed foreign works, concerts, art exhibitions, lectures, and other items of note as well.
  • In 1846, The New York Tribune sent her to Europe. This made her the first female foreign correspondent. It was her responsibility to report on matters going on in Europe.
  • She passed away in 1850 at the age of 40, when her passenger ship crashed less than 100 yards from Fire Island, NY.

To read about 20th century women in media who followed Fuller's foot steps, click here.

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