The first five inductees into the Chicago Women's Journalism Hall of Fame have been announced by the Association for Women Journalists of Chicago.
The late journalism and advocacy icon Ida B. Wells ( 18621931 ) was among the inductees. She was an investigative journalist and anti-lynching activist who spent her life fighting for civil rights and women's voting rights.
Windy City Times co-founder and Publisher Tracy Baim, along with her late mother Joy Darrow, were also inducted. Darrow, who died in 1996, worked at a range of newspapers, including as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune in the 1960s, and was a managing editor for the Chicago Defender.
Laura Washington, a longtime journalist for multiple outlets including the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reporter, was also inducted, as was Ellen Warren, a former Chicago Tribune columnist who worked at two other Chicago newspapers during her distinguished career.
Amy Guth, president of the Association for Women Journalists, said in a statement to media reporter Robert Feder: "In an era when the work done by journalists is more important than ever in our country, and when women are suddenly making space to have public conversations that we've had to have behind closed doors for too long, it's important to recognize and honor the outstanding work women have been doing in the field of journalism all along that has made a significant impact on the industry and the city."