Bold and Full: Rebecca West

The BOLD AND FULL feature for today is Rebecca West (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), a British journalist and author.


Rebecca West was born in 1892 in Kerry, Ireland. Born with the name Cicely Isabel Fairfield, she changed her name to Rebecca West after a rebellious heroin in the play Rosmerholm. Rebecca had a love for words and HUSTLED her way to fame as an author and journalist. She wrote the first World War I novel by a woman and was known as one of the best reporters and writers of her time. Rebecca RADIATED when she spoke about politics and often gave lectures on equal rights. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what a feminist is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”

In 1948 she received the Women’s Press Club Award for Journalism from President Truman, who named her the “World’s Best Reporter”. She continued to have success in all she did by CREATING the life she dreamed, and paved the way for women throughout the 20th Century. Rebecca died on March 15, 1983, but her words will last forever.


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