About Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas is the author of “Joliet,” Images of America Series with Arcadia Publishing, of “The Joliet Rivals Club – a centennial celebration,” and her newest book, “Leadership 1937-2003, The First Forty Presidents of the National Federation of Press Women”, a short-story author, and community volunteer. Her writing has won top awards from the National Federation of Press Women and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. She is co-editor of the 2014 IWPA anniversary anthology.

Ever the Advocate: Kate F. O’Connor

One thousand pine trees were planted across an acre of the Mason state forest in celebration of Kate F. O’Connor’s life.  She had died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, following a heart attack during the spring of 1945 and the members of the 12th district of the Illinois Federation of Women’s clubs wished […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

2015 NFPW High School Communications Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the following Illinois High School student winners in the National Federation of Press Women competition! We are so happy and proud of your accomplishments!

Cartooning 1st: Angella Kilabo, Saint Viator HS, Arlington Heights, Illinois; “Federal, state governments shift right”

Review HM: Jake Silverman, Jacob Lirtzman, Marisa Flignor & Emma Pinsky, Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Illinois; […]

By |July 8th, 2015|News|0 Comments

A Woman of Insight & Integrity

Helen Ekin Starrett was exactly the type of woman who lived her life to the fullest. In constant motion as a wife and mother, she also took on the roles of author, editor, publisher, inventor, educator, reporter, respected business woman, Temperance member, volunteer and mentor.

A long-time suffragist, she was one of two delegates in […]

By |June 1st, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

So We All May Be Heard… Achieving Lifetime Status

As the historian and archivist of IWPA, I enjoy researching, discovering and writing about the women who have made contributions to the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. Writing about those who have long passed away and left us a trail of historical facts often provides me with imprints of their personalities and vision. It is […]

By |May 25th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|1 Comment

Annie and Charles: The Sergels of Chicago

Annie Myers Sergel’s spirit of harmony and cooperation garnered her respect and sincere affection within the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. On many occasions, Annie, along with her husband Charles, delighted in hosting soirees and dinner parties for IWPA events in their Chicago home. Such was the reputation of the Sergel’s as entertainers that invitations […]

By |April 27th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

The Lively Optimist

Her lively wit, wide sympathies and quick banter made Ethel Colson a popular lecturer and earned her numerous friends in the many social clubs of her era. She had the ability to identify with her audiences and that appeal was present throughout her writings, lectures and leadership. She understood the problems women faced and […]

By |March 18th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Journey of Conviction

She was an American activist for women’s rights, a key temperance reformer, journalist and a woman of great moral conviction. She spent most of her early life campaigning for a woman’s right to vote. Her experience as a national newspaper woman helped her advance the cause during her travels across the country. To many, […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Emerging Influence: The History of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association – Part I: The Founding

They were trailblazers. Some were press women from the city, some new arrivals in Chicago; many of them were editors who wrote using their own name though countless others wrote under genderless nom-de-plumes; most of them were active in the temperance and equal suffrage movements. They were the first generation of women focused on […]

By |February 14th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|2 Comments

A Spirit of Happiness

Throughout her life, Mary Augusta Dickerson had a youthful imagination. Born in New York City, New York in September of 1876, she was the daughter of Alfred James Dickerson and Nancy Augusta (Higgins). Mary would graduate as the valedictorian of her class at St. Mary’s School in New York City.

Her talent led her first to […]

By |February 14th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Her World Travels Inspired Stories for Children

Bernadine Freeman Bailey, journalist, photographer, lecturer, American short story writer, and notable author of books for children served as the “war-time” president of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association from 1941-1945.

Born in Mattoon, Illinois, on the 12th of November 1901, Bernadine’s parents were Thomas Oscar Freeman, a prominent physician and surgeon and Nellie Voigt, homemaker […]

By |February 4th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|1 Comment