May Maxwell started writing for Perth's Sunday Times in 1907 while on tour with William Anderson's theatre company.
She gave up the stage to join Table Talk and, in 1910, began editing the Melbourne Herald's weekly women's page.
Impatient of false social niceties, she insisted on covering the society round openly, notebook in hand, and championed those women who contributed actively to public life.
In 1921, the page went daily and Maxwell edited it until she retired from daily journalism in 1934 for another career as a freelance writer and broadcaster.
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