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Elisabeth Coleman dies at 68; helped break journalism glass ceiling
Elisabeth Coleman dies at 68; helped break journalism glass ceiling

After graduating from Vassar College in 1966, Elisabeth Coleman sought a job in journalism "as an assistant to a smart man." She found such a position as a researcher at Newsweek magazine in New York. In those "Mad Men" days of suffocating sexism, editing and reporting at the big newsweeklies were jobs done almost exclusively by men. Bright women like Coleman did the legwork, an arrangement she did not question — at first. Four years later, however, the revolution was underway. Forty-six women at the lower levels of Newsweek's staff lodged a sex discrimination complaint in 1970. It became the first class-action lawsuit by women in the media alleging their...

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