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History of Women

How Great Writing Helped Charlotte Curtis Blaze Trails in Journalism

The first woman on the New York Times masthead had wit, courage, and political savvy

Detail from a 1969 New York magazine cover story / Credit: New York magazine

As a student at Vassar, Charlotte Curtis hoped to land a summer job as a news reporter at her hometown newspaper, the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen. But when she applied, she was told that the paper “already had a…

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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.