No Job for a Woman – film review by Susan Biagi
This film documents the lives of three female war correspondents who forever changed the way war was reported in the media.
As a former reporter, and as a career practitioner, I was fascinated by how their struggles forever freed women from the “women’s pages” of newspapers. Now, instead of reporting on purely domestic events, female reporters were accompanying soldiers into the war zone.
As reporter Deborah Amos says in the film, “War is not about the bang bang, but about the disruption of lives.” These World War II female correspondents showed readers the effect that war had on the lives of civilians, at a time when this was not seen as the role of a journalist. In doing so, they forever changed the art and science of war reporting.
The film tells the story in the women’s own words, aided by historical footage and photographs. In the end, we come away with a deeper insight into war as an instrument of social damage and as a catalyst for social change.
No Job for a Woman will screen at 3:30PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at The Patricia Theatre. Click here for more information. Tickets $8/$6 seniors and students.