• Emily Rohlfs, Director

Women’s History Documentary and Discussion Planned (AAUW)

Martha Gellhorn. Ruth Cowan. Dickey Chappelle. These are journalists that were on the front lines in WW2, and subjects of award-winning documentary “No Job for a Woman.” The movie and a discussion will be available in late March, thanks to the Keokuk Public Library Foundation and program cosponsor AAUW-Keokuk.

The documentary is called “No Job for a Woman” and can be viewed between March 24th and March 30th. A discussion will be hosted by the KPL and led by AAUW members on Tuesday, March 30th at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Links and passwords to the streaming video and the discussion are available on and Facebook.

Before World War II, war reporting was considered “No Job for a Woman,” but when the US entered the war, American women reporters did not want to miss covering the biggest story of the century. They fought for and won access, but there was a catch: women reporters would be banned from the frontlines, prevented from covering Front Page stories about generals and battlefield maneuvers, and assigned “woman’s angle” stories about nurses and female military personnel. Several women reporters refused to abide by these restrictions. Instead they brought home a new kind of war story – one that was more intimate, yet more revealing. They reached beyond the battlefield and deep into human lives to tell a new story of war.

“No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII” is a 64-minute historical documentary that focuses on the lives and work of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, and war photographer Dickey Chapelle.

The film is directed by Michele Midori Fillion and narrated by Julianna Margulies. To bring the story to life, Fillion combines rarely seen archival footage and stills with actors reading the written words of the three main characters, along with interviews of contemporary female war reporters.

For more information, visit,, or reach out to a library staff member.

Streaming movie link

AAUW Discussion link


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