No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII

This month, NYU’s DC campus will be celebrating Women’s History Month with a screening of a documentary funded by the NEH: No Job for a Woman.

The documentary – written, directed, and produced by Michele Midori Fillion – follows three female reporters during World War II and their efforts to gain access to stories on the front lines. Dickey Chapelle, Ruth Cowan, and Martha Gellhorn all refused to agree with the common opinion that women were incapable of writing about the violence of the war, and consequently their determination led them where few women had gone before.

Female war correspondents during World War II.

Female war correspondents during World War II.

The Stories of Female Story-tellers

Dickey Chapelle convinced a press officer that her “woman’s angle” required photographs of combat from the front lines. Ruth Cowan took such care in her interviews of nurses and female army personnel that she became the first accredited female war reporter for the U.S. Army. Martha reported about the war’s impact on ordinary citizens, and left her post in London when she finally gained access to the front.

A DVD copy of the documentary is available for purchase on the film’s website and is available online through World Channel.

The screening at NYU’s DC campus will be held March 28 from 6-8pm and will be followed by a panel discussion about the role of women in government, politics, military, and the media. The panelists include Michele Fillion as well as Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, Missy Ryan, Leisa Meyer, and Kristen Rouse. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will moderate. Register for the screening here.

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