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Life Story: Anne O’Hare McCormick (1882-1954)

“Freedom” Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

The story of the first woman to sit on The New York Times editorial board and who brought European politics to American audiences before and during World War II.

Anne O’Hare McCormick, half-length portrait, seated at a desk covered with maps, facing right, 1941

Anne O’Hare McCormick, half-length portrait, seated at a desk covered with maps, facing right, 1941. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

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Anne O’Hare McCormick

Mrs. Anne O’Hare McCormick, correspondent and author. University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections.

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Suggested Activities

  • Many women found success in a career in journalism. Compare Anne’s life story with those of Nellie Bly, Ida B. Wells, Jovita Idar, and Edith Maude Eaton. How did each woman use her writing to shape public opinion? 
  • Learn more about America’s politics and popular opinions about Europe in the lead up to World War II through the WWII & NYC curriculum guide. How does this material provide additional context to the challenges Anne faced as she reported on Europe for an American audience? 
  • Anne developed a professional relationship with President Roosevelt and grew to admire his leadership style. Learn more about Roosevelt’s presidency and the women in his administration by reading the life stories of Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Themes

AMERICAN CULTURE

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