• Sara M Schaller

Influential Women in Publishing



To continue my Women's History Month celebrations, I wanted to feature some influential women in publishing. The women mentioned below span across magazine, book, and newspaper publishing, and each one in their own right has made great contributions to the industry.


Anna Wintour

Courtesy of BBC
"It's always about timing. If it's too soon, no one understands. If it's too late, everyone's forgotten." -Anna Wintour


  1. Anna Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, and has been an influential woman in the fashion industry ever since.

  2. She is also the chair of The Met Gala, an annual art and fashion event held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

  3. The movie, The Devil Wears Prada, is based on a book written by a former assistant of Wintour's, and it is believed that the character, Miranda Priestly, is based on Wintour.

Dominique Raccah

Courtesy of Sourcebooks
"Our only job as publishers is to find new approaches to content and new ways for authors to reach readers." -Dominique Raccah







  1. Dominique Raccah is the founder and CEO of Sourcebooks, an independent publishing company.

  2. She started Sourcebooks in 1987 from her home in Naperville, Illinois.

  3. Now, Sourcebooks is the largest woman-owned publisher in the U.S.

Katharine Graham

Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica


"A mistake is simply another way of doing things." -Katharine Graham






  1. Katharine Graham was in charge of The Washington Post for two decades.

  2. She was the second female publisher of an American newspaper. Eliza Jane Nicholson was the first with The News Orleans Daily Picayune in 1876.

  3. Graham was brave enough to cover the President Nixon Watergate scandal when other news outlets were hesitant.

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