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Beginnings: The IWPA/ NFPW Heritage

The story of the National Federation of Press Women began more than 80 years ago when Helen Miller Malloch had a vision

for a national organization of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride from the Boston Post had in 1884, as the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial took place […]

By |July 18th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Fanny Met Mary and Made Chicago History

Fanny Butcher turned to the “News of the Women’s Clubs” page of the Chicago Tribune. There she found listings for a wealth of meeting and event announcements. The year was 1912 and the Chicago woman’s club movement was thriving and in full swing.

Notes from the Illinois Woman’s Press Association archives highlight just such an […]

By |May 15th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

A Beauty Who Never Grew Old

Lillian Russell was flamboyant, talented and the unmistakable beauty of her generation. Her voice and appearance led her to a celebrated career and lifestyle unmatched in the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. She performed as a leading singer of operettas and musical theatre throughout the United States and from 1906 […]

By |April 6th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

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