Three Pioneering Women Who Quietly Shaped PR and Changed The World


Jared Meade, Principal, Rayne Strategy Group

[Editor’s Note:This history series is a collaboration with The Museum of PR. It is a celebration of the 75th anniversary of PRNEWS.]

It is estimated that some 75 percent of the PR industry is composed of women. Yet too few women are mentioned during discussions of PR’s pioneers and leaders.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, International Women’s Day on March 8, and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., it is important to remember women who have changed, and continue to change, the world through PR.
Doris Fleischman: The Mother of PR
Doris FleishmanThe Mother of PR

Besides being an early feminist and author, Doris Fleischman was a PR pioneer. In 1919, Fleischman was the first hire at Edward L. Bernays, Counsel on Public Relations. When she married Edward Bernays in 1922, she became not only his domestic partner, but also an equal partner in the firm.

It was one of the great collaborations in PR history.


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