Leading Women Journalists
The Fuller Project is named for Margaret Fuller and in honor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The first US female war correspondent, Fuller was editor to Emerson and other transcendentalists. She was the most read person in New England and was a women’s rights activist, inspiring the first wave of US feminism that led to suffrage. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) survived being born into slavery and became one of most important investigative journalists in US history. She investigated over 700 lynchings of black men, women, and children, exposing the practice as racial terrorism. She continued to publish and to speak out against lynching even after an angry mob burned her printing press and threatened her life.