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During the interwar years the world of foreign correspondence in mainstream newspapers was closed to women. This chapter argues that women who wanted to comment on international affairs during this period were forced to be precariously and often perilously freelance outsiders. Their outsider status meant that they were free from government pressure during the years of appeasement. Using a series of case studies, and foregrounding the work of Shiela Grant Duff, this chapter argues that far from being scarce, many women wrote on foreign affairs but always from the point of view of being outsiders, and often accidentally. This chapter features the work of the poet Muriel Rukeyser, and the ‘accidental’ British foreign correspondent Florence Roberts, as well as Elizabeth Wiskemann. This chapter traces the work of Grant Duff from her coverage of the Saar plebiscite, through the Spanish Civil War and her passionate defence of Czechoslovakia during the run-up to the Munich crisis.

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