Summer Series 2022: Women’s Page Journalism & Soft News – Kimberly Voss (NWMC, Part 2)

Season Description

Established in 1987 and celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022, the National Women and Media Collection (NWMC) documents the roles women have played in media fields, as employees and leaders as well as subjects of news coverage, how those roles have altered over time, and how attitudes of and towards women have changed. NWMC includes records of women’s organizations and professional and personal papers of women journalists, editors, book authors, newspaper and magazine publishers, media company CEOs, journalism and mass communication educators, press secretaries, and public relations personnel, as well as radio, television, and film producers and personalities.

To celebrate this important anniversary, and coincide with the opening of the exhibition In Their Own Words: Celebrating the National Women and Media Collection, Our Missouri has dedicated Summer Series 2022 to the women featured within the collection and exhibit, as well as the journalists, scholars, archivists, and librarians who have pioneered and preserved its materials.

Episode Description

Dr. Kimberly Voss joins us to talk about her writings on women in journalism, particularly her books on women’s pages in newspapers, and how she utilized the National Women and Media Collection for her research.


About the Guest

Kimberly Voss, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Voss earned a PhD in mass communications and journalism from the University of Maryland. Presently, she is a professor of journalism at the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of several books, including The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community, Politicking Politely: Well-Behaved Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s, and Re-Evaluating Women’s Page Journalism in the Post-World War II Era: Celebrating Soft News. She is the co-author of Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness.