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The Girls in the Balcony

The Girls in the Balcony

Author: Nan Robertson

Year Published: 1992

Description: Written by a former New York Times staffer, The Girls in the Balcony: Women, Men, and the New York Times describes the different status bestowed upon the paper's female reporters prior to the 1974, when its Women's Caucus filed a sex discrimination suit. Within this context, the book sheds light on the struggle for women's equality in the workplace. The title refers to the balcony of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where prior to 1971 women reporters had to sit during luncheons while their male counterparts dined below.

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'For the first time in the history of the most important newspaper in America, a paper that set the highest standards for fairness and moral tone, its women had banded together to say ""You are unfair. You are hypocritical.'

The Girls in the Balcony

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