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The People’s Friend Magazine
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The Community Garden

A short story by author Margaret Skipworth.

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The Community Garden

Illustration by Gerard Fay.

……Several newspaper editors she’d written to had scoffed at the idea of a woman reporter. One of them had sent her a curt reply saying it was a waste of time employing girls because they always abandoned their careers to get married and have babies……



This story is set in the 1970s and follows cub reporter Elaine as she tries to be
taken seriously as a journalist.


It’s the 1970s and Elaine is around 18 and is sitting behind her typewriter in a busy provincial
newspaper office. In the background is a typical bustling 1970s newspaper office.

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