Reading the media coverage following the death of Clare Hollingworth this week, one thing has struck home more than anything else about this remarkable woman; her fearlessness.
Legendary journalist, intrepid woman and globetrotting war correspondent. In a world and at a time when women had very different roles and rights than they do today, Clare Hollingworth blazed the trail for women (and reporters as a whole) by getting the scoop of the century and being the first person to break the news of the outbreak of World War Two.
Born in 1911, Clare attended a domestic science college in Leicester like many of her female contemporaries. This, amusingly, reportedly instilled in her a lifelong hatred of housework. Beginning her career as a secretary at the League of Nations Union, her career took her to her first war zone in the 1930s. Her experiences aiding refugees in Poland soon led her to being discovered by the Daily Telegraph. It was in this role when she picked up the scoop that was to change her career (and the course of history). Upon returning to Poland having bought supplies in the form of wine, torches and film, Clare stumbled across thousands of Nazi troops ready to march into Poland.