"The Woman's Invasion - Rheta Childe Dorr, William Hard - Everybody's Magazine

Reportage

Description

Dorr spent the better part of 1906 and 1907 under contract to Everybody's Magazine to witness and experience the feminization of the trades. She went undercover to work in the accounts division of a department store and as a commercial laundress and then in a number of factories across the country, including manufacturers of shirts, cakes and biscuits, and spun yarn. She struggled with writing for publication and was assigned a collaborator who overtook her command of the project. When the magazine advertised his byline alone for an upcoming series heralded as "The Woman's Invasion," Dorr threatened legal action and her byline was restored. "In the truest sense," she later said, "the articles were not mine."

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Book

Effects and Outcomes

Dorr moved on to write for Hampton's Broadway Magazine, where her pieces on the effectiveness of club women eventually became the basis for her book, What Eight Million Women Want.

Articles, Books, Video/Film