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Visionary Women

Anna Byford Leonard

Visionary Women – Champions of Peace and Nonviolence is the
theme of the 2019 Women’s History Month. Illinois Woman’s Press Association
advocacy has roots in the 19th-century
suffrage movement. Throughout the past century, IWPA rights advocates worked
both inside and outside of the political system to promote women’s and
children’s rights not only in Illinois […]

By |March 19th, 2019|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

American Editor, Author, and Suffragist

Carrie Ashton Johnson, born Carrie May Ashton, came from comfortable beginnings in Durand, Illinois, before setting off on a career that would make her among the foremost local women in northern Illinois to take an active part in securing women’s rights. Much of this was rooted in her childhood, where from her father she […]

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Teacher, Author, Advocate

Maude M. Jackson loved children. She especially enjoyed teaching them. She spent part of her career writing training material encouraging children’s skills for vocal and physical development to be used not just inside a classroom, but also at church, and within the home.

Between 1901 and 1902, as a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press […]

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She Pioneered In-Depth Prison and Crime Reporting

She started her journalistic career while attending high school in her hometown, Joliet, Illinois. Stateville, a maximum security state prison, sits on the rolling edge of the neighboring town of Crest Hill situated on Route 53. It is 37 miles south of Chicago. The prison was then and remains now, home for some of […]

By |March 17th, 2018|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

From Community Activist to City’s Hall of Fame – Lucille Hecht

Attending Chicago’s Old Town Art Fair is a June ritual for residents and out-of-town visitors. The Fair and its art center have played an essential role

in defining that Near North Side neighborhood. It is uniquely Chicago. Years ago, when forces were coming together to create the first art fair, community activist Lucille Hecht became […]

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She Navigated the Tides of Journalism

In a time when women had limited options, Daisy M. Seright lived her very full and long life in the southern Illinois town of Harrisburg. When she

died in 1988 at the age of 102, she had been the chairwoman and president of the Register Publishing Co. for more than 56 years. She was at […]

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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 […]

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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