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.

Spinning Magic Was Her Specialty

The “Chicago Story Lady” had a remarkable knack for telling a good fairy tale. Born the tenth child in a family of eleven children, Chicago native, Georgene Faulkner realized she had a gift for writing and performing enchanting stories. Dressed in costumes appropriate for her tales, Georgene spun her talent into a career entertaining […]

By |February 20th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Kathryn Winslow: Extraordinary Friendships Led to Her Remarkable Life

Her name was Kathryn Winslow. She was a novelist, businesswoman, a publicist for a World’s Fair, and a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She was also the first woman honored by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association as its “Woman of Achievement.”
The author of three books, the first Big Pan Out: The Story […]

By |August 30th, 2016|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

The Era of the Book Bazaar

During the 1920s, Chicago newspapers often featured the activities of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association in their “Women’s Club Page.” Two such events during this time hosted by IWPA’s active membership included an Easter “Charity Bazaar” which was held at the Blackstone Hotel. The Association collected autographed books from Illinois authors for sale at […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Devoting Her Life to the Welfare of Humanity

Jessie A. Ackerman was featured in Prominent Women of Illinois published in 1932 by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. She was often referred to throughout her life as the most traveled woman in the world by her peers. From those travels she worked as a social reformer, authored books, was a journalist and lectured […]

By |October 22nd, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

A Sister Who Served

There are 2,853.03 miles between Chicago, Illinois and Anchorage, Alaska. It is a journey Cornelia Templeton Jewett Hatcher would make at least nine times during her life beginning in 1909. That year Cornelia, then known as Cornelia Templeton Jewett, was the managing editor of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union’s weekly publication, The Union Signal […]

By |October 5th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

The Novel Achievement of Clara Louise Burnham

Clara Louise Burnham was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on May 26, 1854. She was one of six children of music educator and composer Dr. George F. Root, (Sheffield Berkshire County, Massachusetts) and his wife, Mary Woodman (Boston, Massachusetts). Early in Clara’s childhood Dr. Root moved his family from Newton to Chicago, Illinois. Clara, a […]

By |September 5th, 2015|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

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