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Hiding in plain sight
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This chapter argues that while many women who wanted to become journalists during the interwar years had to accept work on women’s magazines or newspapers’ women’s pages, many of them resented their subjugated positions. They also experienced huge stress in having to promote the idea that women belonged to a separate, domestic sphere. They rebelled by hiding ‘in plain sight’ subversively feminist texts in the publications they wrote for. Using the case studies of Naomi Royde-Smith, who was briefly editor of The Queen magazine, and Stella Martin, who wrote for the women’s page of the Bristol Times and Mirror, the relative success of this strategy is assessed. This chapter argues that although this method can be temporarily successful it also carries risks, usually that of dismissal.

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