Speaking for myself, I have tried to be allowed to do the work I was sent to England to do and I have been unable to do it. I have reported war in Spain, Finland, China and Italy, and now I find myself plainly unable to continue my work in this theater, for no reason that I can discover than that I am a woman. Being a professional journalist, I do not find this an adequate reason for being barred. The position in which I now in is that I cannot provide my magazine, and three million American readers, with the sort of information and explanation which I was sent here to obtain.
…I have, too frequently, received the impression that women war correspondents were an irritating nuisance who, very tiresomely, kept asking to be allowed to do their job. I wish to point out that none of us would have our jobs unless we knew how to do them, and this curious condescending treatment is ridiculous as it is undignified.
Martha Gellhorn to SHEAF Staff HQ on the policy of barring female correspondents from crossing the Channel/24 June 1944