The female staff writers and some editors poised for an empowering image together on International Womens Day.
The female staff writers and some editors poised for an empowering image together on International Women’s Day.
Asa Boddie

Ending the month with a bang

Concluding Women’s History Month with 5 powerful female journalists

March is International Women’s History Month. Spanning from March 1 to 31 women are celebrated in many ways as they are recognized throughout history for their powerful upholdings, critical thinking and imaginative characteristics.

For 2024 the theme for National Women’s History Month is “women who advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion.” The intention of this year’s theme is to recognize women who know that a positive and good future will only happen if bias and discrimination eliminated in all aspects.

Graphic created using Canva about International Women’s Day. (Savannah Hayes)

Throughout history there are countless female figures that made a difference in even more different fields like science, engineering, art, math, music and more. There have been many women journalists in the field that have made a difference like Ida B. Wells, Jae Mayer, Carole Simpson, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Maria Ressa just to name a few.

Ida B. Wells is a well know activist and journalist because of her writing exposing lynching, violence, discrimination and segregation. She wrote for various local newspapers including New York Age and Chicago Conservator mostly focusing her writing on anti-lynching and criticizing white suffrage organizations that ignored lynching. She was secretary of the National Afro-American Council and a member of the Niagara Movement helping with immigration from the south. In turn she helped found one for the first black women’s suffrage groups called Chicago’s Alpha Suffrage Club.

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Jane Mayer is a widely awarded journalist known for her work in social justice and investigative reporting as the first female White House Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She wrote many pieces including one in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War. She has been the New Yorker;s Chief Washington correspondent and staff writer since 1995 and also is the author of numerous books. Some of her books include “Strange Justice” and “Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988.”

As the first African American woman to host a major network in 1988 Carole Simpson was the anchor for “World News Tonight” on ABC News weekends for 15 years. She worked for ABC News for 24 years.The 1992 debate between George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot had her as the first person of color moderator in a presidential debate. She also wrote a memoir titled “NewsLady” surrounding her story of in the broadcasting industry facing both racism and sexism in the industry. She retired from ABC News in 2006 and started teaching journalism at Emerson College for the next 13 years.

Information graphic about some important women in journalism. Created using Canva.
(Savannah Hayes)

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism and is a New Your Times investigative reporter. She mostly covers racial injustice and civil rights. She is also the founder of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University. Before working for the New York Times she was an investigative reporter at ProPublica covering demographics and government census for The Oregonian in Portland. One of her major works is the 1619 Project for the New York Times Magazine that notes the consequences of slavery and specifies the contributions of African Americans for the 400th anniversary of slavery’s start. Now the project is available on Hulu for streaming as a six-part series.

Nobel peace prize winner Maria Ressa won in 2021 for her efforts and fighting for press freedom in the Philippines. She was co-founder of Rappler, a digital news site that reports fake news spread by social media and also centered on manipulated public information. In 2018 she was named person of the year for Time Magazine. This was for her reporting on misinformation coverage in the Philippines by the government and in doing so she faced much political harassment and got arrested and had to post bail 10 times.

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Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes, News Editor
McIntosh High School senior Savannah Hayes is serving her second year as the McIntosh Trail’s news editor. Hayes has been on the Trail staff since 2021 and has enjoyed every moment of working with the staff. Just this past school year, Hayes won three awards for her writing given to her by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). Hayes won superior writing for In-Depth News, Features and Social Media Storytelling. She can not wait for another marvelous year on the Trail staff. Hayes has received countless accolades throughout both high school and middle school. Hayes has been a part of National Honor Society (NHS) since 2023, Science National Honor Society (SNHS) since 2023, Beta Club since 2021, National English Honor Society (NEHS) since 2021 and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2022. In middle school, Hayes was in Jr. Beta Club and received the Silver Service Hour Award in eighth grade and the Bronze Service Hour Award in seventh grade. Every semester since her freshman year, Hayes has been on the Gold Honor Roll. Outside of the Trail, Hayes works as a volunteer intern at Zoo Atlanta. She took AP Biology and is currently taking Anatomy and Physiology at McIntosh to help achieve her goal of majoring in Animal Science. Hayes is currently the High Brass Section Leader of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band, of which she has been a member since 2020. Hayes has played the trumpet in various concert bands since 2017. As a Dual Enrollment, Student Hayes is currently attending Clayton State and has been a part of the program since 2022.
Asa Boddie
Asa Boddie, Staff
Asa Boddie is a senior and this is his first year on McIntosh Trail. He was recruited by the one and only Shanon Woolf, the advisor. Asa is very passionate about computer science. He has been coding for over 2 years. He also loves teaching and showing others how to work and navigate computer soft and hardware. He is a very wise guy and can teach you how to code and navigate a computer. Asa spends his free time watching live gameplay from content creators. He follows Twitch streamer Kai Cenat because he brings a lot of fun and different experiences to his streams. After graduating from McIntosh, he plans to go to the University of West Georgia or West Georgia Technical College to pursue computer science. He is also pursuing certification in cyber security.
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