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As journalism became a profession, women were restricted by custom and law from access to journalism occupations, and faced significant discrimination within the profession. Nevertheless, women operated as newspaper owners, editors, and journalists throughout the history of journalism.Beginning in the late nineteenth century, women began agitating for the right to work as professional journalists in North America and Europe; Nellie Bly was the most famous of these turn-of-the-century reporters.Women increased their presence in professional journalism, and popular representations of the "intrepid girl reporter" became popular in 20th century films and literature, perhaps most famously in "His Girl Friday".