Women's History Wednesday

In the public relations industry, good writing is the foundation of all that we do. From drafting news releases to creating promotional materials to pitching media stories, one must consistently work towards perfecting the art of written communication. That’s why for our post today, we recognize Gertrude Stein and Mary Roberts Reinhart, both Pittsburgh natives born two years apart, who are best known for their exceptional writing talents.

While she once sold three short stories to a Pittsburgh newspaper for $1, Mary Roberts Rinehart became one of Pittsburgh’s most famous female writers. Her first book was The Circular Staircase, a mystery novel published in 1908. Born in 1876 in Pittsburgh, Rinehart attended Allegheny High School where she developed her love of literature. Throughout her lifetime, she wrote more than 50 books, 80 plays, hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. On average, Reinhart wrote 4,000 words a day.

Born in 1874, Gertrude Stein is considered one of the most influential and imaginative writers of the 20th century. Some of her work includes Three Lives and Tender Buttons, yet her only commercial success was The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Stein passed away in 1946 in France, but the influence of her strong, clever personality lives on, along with her contributions to contemporary literature.

Who are some of your favorite female writers? Let us know in the comments section below!

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