Woman of the Month is a feature on my blog where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.
This month, I’m highlighting Marguerite Higgins.
Marguerite Higgins was an American war correspondent during WW2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. She received a scholarship to Berkeley, where she completed her. undergrad. While there, she joined a sorority and was the editor of the school newspaper. She also received a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University. After graduating, she began working for the New York Herald Tribune, who sent her to Europe to cover the war.
While in Europe, she witnessed the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and received an army campaign ribbon for her assistance during the surrender. She later covered the Nuremberg war trials and the Soviet Union’s blockade of Berlin. She was awarded an Army campaign ribbon for distinguished service, and the New York Newspaper Women’s Award for best foreign correspondent of 1945.
After, she was named the Chief of the Tribune’s Tokyo branch. She was one of the first reporters in Korea when the war began. She witnessed the Hangang Bridge bombing, and was trapped on the north bank of Han River. She personally appealed the banning of women in the military, appealing to General Douglas MacArthur, who subsequently stated, “Marguerite Higgins is held in highest professional esteem by everyone.”
She was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. The same year, she was named Woman of the Year by the Associated Press news organization, among several other awards.
She later covered the war in Vietnam, covering over 13,500 miles and writing two books about the experience. She also covered the civil war in the Congo, and was one of the first to do so.
Posthumously, she was awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, one of the highest awards in South Korea.
I haven’t talked about a journalist yet, and when I came across Marguerite Higgins, she seemed like such a great one to talk about. It seems like she had such an amazing career, and covered so many important moments in history.
Thanks for reading! xx