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About Becky Sarwate

Becky Sarwate was the 49th President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (2013-2017). She continues serving the organization in the role of Digital Marketing Chair. Becky is a freelance writer, contributing to a number of publications including Edge Media Network, where she reviews Chicago theater productions, and Wrigleyville Nation, chronicling the highs and lows of lifelong Chicago Cubs fandom. She also publishes a political/cultural column for Contemptor. In addition, she’s written for PoliticusUSA.com, RootSpeak magazine, NewCity, Make It Better and StreetWise. Becky is a multiple IWPA Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest winner, as well as a nine-time National Federation of Press Women award recipient.

Opening Doors

In the long-fought battle to achieve equal opportunities for women, opening the doors to men can be a powerful weapon When I joined the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA), a decade ago, I felt a lot like the protagonist in Lost in the Ivy, the contemporary mystery I had published: lost and confused. It isn’t [...]

IWPA Member Fanny Butcher to Be Inducted Into Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Illinois Woman’s Press Association P.O. Box 180150, Chicago, Illinois  60618 www.iwpa.org CHICAGO – March 28, 2017 — Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (CLHOF) and Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) are proud to announce the induction of Chicago Tribune writer and critic Fanny Butcher into the CLHOF. A celebratory event will be held at Newberry Library [...]

Indie Creative Law

Joey Vitale is an attorney for creatives. Based in Chicago, he works with creative small business owners across the country, helping them protect their passion. His firm, Indie Creative Law, offers innovative monthly subscription plans, flat-rate packages, and legal consultation calls. By offering these options, Indie Creative Law helps creatives budget, cover basic needed documents, [...]

2017 Communicator Of Achievement: Randy Richardson

Randy Richardson has been selected 2017 Communicator of Achievement by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. This prestigious award is the highest honor given by the IWPA to members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession. Each year an award recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates is nationally recognized for exceptional achievement [...]

AAUW & IWPA Celebrate Jane Addams Day on UIC Campus on December 10th

Illinois Woman’s Press Association P.O. Box 180150, Chicago, Illinois  60618 www.iwpa.org CHICAGO - November 2, 2016 -- American Association of University Women-Illinois (AAUW-IL) and Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) are proud to announce the 10th Annual Jane Addams Day Celebration. The event will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago Student Center at 1pm on [...]

Pat Szpekowski Recognized by Catholic Press Association

Longtime IWPA Member Pat Szpekowski Pat Szpekowski, APR, a 20-year member of the Illinois Woman's Press Association, recently received a first place recognition in the category of "Best coverage of a routine, sacramental event: weekly Diocesan newspaper, circulation 25,000 or less," from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at [...]

Photographer Takes Honors at NFPW High School Contest!

Nellie Murphy, a student at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, took third place honors in the Yearbook Photo category at the NFPW High School Contest. Murphy's winning photo, Lollapalooza, was awarded first place in the same category in the IWPA High School Communications Contest. The IWPA contest judge said of Murphy's photo: [...]

FAN-Fair April 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution's framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) "fourth branch" of the government. At the end of each month, IWPA's First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First Amendment [...]

2016 Senior Lifestyle Expo Hosts Writing Challenge This August!

The 21st Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will be held Tuesday August 23 - Wednesday August 24, 2016! The Expo's continuing mission is to bring seniors together with the products and services that are invaluable to maintaining their quality of life. It will feature over 100 booths, an entertainment stage, health and wellness info, interactive activities and educational [...]