It’s fitting (although, we’ll confess, accidental) that we published the latest episode of “Reading Between The Lines”, our story podcast, so close to International Women’s Day.
We talked about “The Girl Engine Driver: A Tale Of A Race With A Forest Fire”, by WD Morris. It first appeared in the “Friend” all the way back in 1916. You can see the illustration that originally accompanied it above.
The story sees a young woman named Joceline step up in a time of crisis, taking on a traditionally male role (at the time of printing, anyway), and succeeding under difficult circumstances.
It led our panel (Digital Ed Iain, Features team’s Marion, Fiction team’s Tracey and Barry from our Archives) to consider how important “The People’s Friend” has been in sharing these sorts of stories throughout our history.
Strong women have long been a hallmark of the magazine. And not just fictional ones; our writers, too, have often been trailblazers. Take Annie S Swan, for example, who we now know was one of the most prolific authors of her time.
And thanks to our Classics Collection and our story podcast, a modern audience can now rediscover these women, and appreciate the quality of their work.
Listen to the latest episode here
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