Women have been integral to the development of printing and journalism in North America since the earliest settlers landed in the New World . 26 women worked as printers during colonial period. The women printed in their printing officers not only newspapers, almanacs, pamphlets, broadsides, leaflets, but many blank forms. These included all types of legal documents used in the indenture of apprentices, the sale of slaves or real estate, drawing up of wills and letters of administration, ships' bills of lading, and so forth.
During the colonial period in the printing field 26 women worked. Eleven of them lived at the expense of the profession, 10 - were busy with the release of weeklies. These women lived in 7 colonies, in 10 cities. Five had the status of official publishers. In a short period four female publishers of newspapers were in different cities.