Alabama's storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham (1918-2011) is best known for her series of ghost story collections, beginning with 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey in 1969, as well as numerous other publications, photography, and storytelling. However, she began her career as a journalist. She was one of the first women to cover the police beat for a major daily newspaper in the South.
Loraine Bedsole Tunstall was the first woman in the state of Alabama appointed to head a department in state government. When the Child Welfare Department was created in 1923, she was appointed its first director, holding that position until 1935. During the time she was instrumental in the development of legislation covering juvenile court, adoption procedures, standards of care for child care institutions and agencies, placement of children, and child labor.