The War Correspondents

The War Correspondents

As published in the July – August 2023 edition of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution National Defender. A recent military magazine article on WWII journalists neglected to mention any women correspondents aside from Martha Gellhorn, and...
Mary, Mae, and Many More!

Mary, Mae, and Many More!

Mary Agnes Sullivan built a remarkable 35-year career as a pioneering policewoman in New York City. She became the first woman homicide detective in the New York City Police Department, breaking down barriers and setting new standards for women in law enforcement. Her...
Who’s On First?

Who’s On First?

Ellen O’Grady claimed to be the first female detective. So did Mary Sullivan, but Ellen O’Grady had been a matron first, and Mary Sullivan hadn’t been through basic police training. Additionally, as Mae knew, many claimed to be the first policewoman or the first...
The Fearless Capt. Edna Pitkin

The Fearless Capt. Edna Pitkin

One of Mae Foley’s friends in the Women’s Police Reserve was Capt. Edna Pitkin. Edna was a Broadway regular, and Mae thought her a bit impulsive.  One day she told Mae that she’d learned the Department wanted to test out a new bulletproof vest. She volunteered to wear...
Did Women Just Not Exist?

Did Women Just Not Exist?

Where are all the women? I’m not trained as a professional historian. But I have written about historical topics and published essays, articles, and books on historical events and people. I’ve learned a lot in the process. Over the past several years I’ve discovered...