The Rt. Hon. Baroness Rosie Boycott

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A woman standing in a field and leaning on a wooden fence with her chin resting in her right hand.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman to edit a broadsheet newspaper

October 2010, at home in Somerset

b.1951, Jersey

A British journalist, Rosie Boycott became the first woman in history to edit a broadsheet newspaper when she took over at the helm of The Independent in 1996, aged 45. She was the first woman editor in the newspaper’s decade-long print run. In 1971, when she was 20, Rosie co-founded the influential feminist magazine Spare Rib.

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