Alice Freeman/”Faith Fenton” (1857-1936)
Alice Freeman (1857-1936), better known by her pseudonym, Faith Fenton, was a Canadian schoolteacher and investigative journalist. The pseudonym was necessary because journalism was seen as an unacceptably disreputable activity for a teacher. She became Canada’s first female columnist while writing for the Toronto Empire. Her column, titled Women’s Empire, dealt with sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, child abuse and wage disparity. She interviewed famous people of the day like Susan B. Anthony and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Alice kept her double-identity secret from 1886 to 1893. In 1894, she resigned her job as a schoolteacher and became a full-time journalist.