Christine Crist Works as General Reporter for the Patriot News

Sex discrimination at the newspaper

In an interview, Christine Crist (Class of 1946) recounts her experience working for The Patriot News after she graduated from Dickinson College. She worked for the morning paper of The Patriot News during the summer of her junior year and, after she graduated, became the only general assignment woman on the staff not assigned to the social department. During this period, protective laws for women prevented Crist from getting reporting assignments after 10 o' clock because she could not work overtime like the men on the staff. She says in the interview that she "didn't realize 'til ten years later that that was discrimination." She assumed at the time that she was to blame for her inability to get the "big" assignments rather than sex discrimination. Crist explains, "But you go through life with people telling you one way or another you don't matter and you're not good enough, and you absorb the attitude."