Bold Types

Patricia Clarke

In Bold Types, Patricia Clarke recounts the high points and the failures of the chequered journey of women journalists in the fight for gender equality from 1860 to the end of World War II through the stories of independent, adventurous women journalists who ventured far and wide in search of news, relevance and equality.

Together, stories of women from Anna Blackwell and Flora Shaw to Janet Mitchell and Caroline Isaacson, illustrate the gains and setbacks of women journalists over nearly a century. In each successive story, the tenacious determination of these women stands clear against the background of the prevailing patriarchy.

Amy Remeikis, political reporter at Guardian Australia, introduces the book with a reflection on the struggles and achievements of
her early counterparts as well as the current working environment for women journalists.

Patricia Clarke was a trailblazer herself as the only woman on the Melbourne staff at the Australian News and Information Bureau in the early 1950s. In a detailed epilogue, Patricia shares stories of her own life and career in the days of crowded newsrooms, clattering typewriters, and overflowing cigarette trays.

An enlightening series of biographies focusing on gutsy and tenacious women, Bold Types is an accessible book that will appeal to readers of Australian history.

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Patricia Clarke

Dr Patricia Clarke is a writer, historian, editor and former journalist, who has written extensively on women in Australian history and the history of journalism.