Anne O'Hare McCormick- Changing the 'Times' Forever

Anne Elizabeth O'Hare McCormick is famously known now as the first female to be a part of the editorial board for The New York Times. Prompting her to be the first female to win a Pulitzer prize for journalism.

Early Life
McCormick was born in May of 1882 in Wakefield, England. In her early childhood, her parents brought her to the United States where she attended college of St. Mary's in Columbus, Ohio.

Her Writing Career
She spent some time as editor for Catholic Universe Weekly, and then did some freelance work including poem and article contributions to magazines. After sending dispatches to The New York Times, she eventually became a regular corespondent.

Changing the Game
It seemed that McCormick always showed up to the right place at the right time, which is how she heavily got into reports on political crises and developments, including interviews with important figures- establishing her as "one of the most perspicacious observers on the European continent."

Eventually she got to sit on the board of the Times, making her the first female to sit on the boar as well as to win a Pulitzer.

3 comments:

Seth_R said...

Prior to reading this post I had never heard of Anne Elizabeth O’Hare McCormick. Which, now that I know who she is and what she has accomplished, is somewhat shocking. The fact that she was the first female to be on the board of the New York Times, and that she was also the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism is extremely impressive. And therefore, I am not really sure why I have not heard of Anne Elizabeth O’Hare McCormick before. Honestly, high school english and history teachers should be teaching students about her, and the fact that mine did not is sad.

Jeremy Palmer said...

Anne O'Hara McCormick was a name I was not familiarly with until I had read this post. It's incredible what she had done in what was a predominately a man's arena and be able to pave a path for future woman to enter the journalism field and be recognized for their work. It's easy to find someone who made a big difference for society and their race, such as Rosa Parks, but it was ladies like Anne McCormick who were able to chip away at all the stereotypes that people had about women. This led to Rosa, and other notable ladies, to being able to break down the barriers of all the prejudice people had against them.

Dylan_M said...

Anne O’Hare McCormick has had a very impressive career within her field. Before World War II the list of influential interviewees she had the opportunity to interview is quite fascinating. Anne interviewed Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the two popes Pius XI and Pius XII. This is absolutely amazing when thought about. The individuals just mentioned were very influential to their respective countries. This is not only an amazing feat for anyone but especially a women in the 1930’s. Women at this time were supposed to be stay at home mothers not interviewing country leaders. Either way Anne O’Hare McCormick must have been one incredible individual.