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No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII
2011, 61 minutes, Color/BW, DVD, English
Order No. W121052
When World War II broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontlines that she left husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be reunited. Ruth Cowan’s reporting was hampered by a bureau chief who refused to talk to her. Meanwhile, photojournalist Dickey Chappelle wanted to get so close to the action that she could feel bullets whizzing by. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how these three tenacious war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations during the war—when battlefields were considered no place for a woman.

Narrated by Emmy® Award winner Julianna Margulies, this film features an abundance of archival photos and interviews with modern female war correspondents, as well as actresses bringing to life the written words of these remarkable women. Their repeated delegation to the sidelines to cover the “woman’s angle” succeeded in expanding the focus of war coverage to bring home a new kind of story— a personal look at the human cost of war.

NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WWII has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Captioned and Described version available in DVD and Blu-ray. Please contact us for pricing.


2012 History Makers Awards, Best Use of Archive in a History Production, Nominee

  • Sarasota Film Festival, Through Women’s Eyes Intl., Official Selection
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival
  • Flying Broom International Film Festival, Turkey
  • Filmor Istanbul
  • Powell River Film Festival

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    "'No Job for a Woman' captures the essence of what it was like for not only a woman, but any war correspondent having the task of writing about the horrors of battle."
    Doug Miles

    “[G]ripping, dramatic, and heroic story of the “girl war correspondents” of World War II… No journalism student can fail to be inspired by this well-researched and utterly compelling documentary.”
    Linda Steiner, Professor
    Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

    “Reminds us of a time when women war reporters were breaking down press barriers through a mix of courage, determination to not be left behind, and, in some cases, being at the right place at the right time. It is a wonderful film to show students in not only mass communication classes but in women's studies and history.”
    Patrick S. Washburn, Professor
    E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University

    “This outstanding film would be an excellent title for Women's History Month or for high school American history classes.”
    Margo Tanenbaum
    School Library Journal

    "Highly Recommended...an excellent addition to courses on women in the workforce and a great way to spark discussions of how women’s roles in society were changed by WWII."
    Educational Media Review On-Line

    “***1/2. Highly recommended.”
    Video Librarian

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    No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII is included in the following Special Collections.
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