Ida Tarbell was one of the first and most influential women in the history of journalism.
Ida was born on November 5th, 1857 in Hatch Hollow, Pennsylvania. She grew up with two brothers in a house in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Since she was quite bright, childhood education wasn't a problem for her. She attended Allegheny College She graduated from college in 1880 with a bachelors degree and got her masters in 1883.
In 1894 a magazine called "McClure's" hired her as a writer. Afterward she started her career in journalism.
One of her most famous works was started in 1902 and ended in 1904. Tarbell was assigned to investigate oil companies. She released a 657 page summary in 1904 named "History of Standard Oil Company". It probably her most famous works.
The result of this was a public attack against Standard Oil. Even before this, people disliked Standard Oil. In 1911 Standard Oil shut down due to the ruckus caused by the book.
Some of her other books include:
And many others.
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