Let’s talk about an unsung British lady who was a trailblazer in frontline journalism. Friends, buckle up, because we’re about to talk about Dorothy Lawrence.
She had mild success publishing articles before the start of World War I, however after the war broke out, no one would take a female seriously as a war correspondent. Dorothy wasn’t about to stand for that.
So she took matters into her own hands and dressed up as a man. A soldier to be more specific. And she took herself directly to the front line. Knit some socks for the war effort? No thanks, she’ll be busy reporting during battles ‘cause she was a fearless girl boss.
Sadly, after she turned herself in she was placed under military arrest and her work was discredited. The army was embarrassed that they had been duped, and ordered her to never publish her work.
I think even today female reporters are often times objectified and not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. But after learning this story, I thought about how much harder the fight would have been for the Lisa Lings and Diane Sawyers of the world had it not been for Dorothy and her fight to prove that women were just as brave as men.