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.

IWPA Announces Full List of 2021 Professional Contest Winners

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest. Begun in 1941, the writing contest was established in memory of the ninth president of IWPA. The state contest has expanded widely since those early years to parallel categories set forth by the National Federation of [...]

IWPA Celebrates 1st Place Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest Winners

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association is pleased to announce the following First Place Winners in the Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest. These entries have moved forward to compete on the national platform at the 2021 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. National results will be announced in April. Katie Scarlett Brandt Writing > 05 [...]

2021 Professional Communications Contest Now Open!

The 2021 NFPW Communications Contest is now live! Launched on Oct. 1, 2020, like last year, the contest will use the OpenWater software system to submit entries. It is open to members and non-members alike, although IWPA/NFPW members receive an application fee discount.  Affiliates, including Illinois have finalized entry fees for those entering the contest. [...]

Illinois Students Win National Recognition for Communications Efforts

      The National Federation of Press Women, Inc. 140B Purcellville Gateway Dr., Suite 120, Purcellville, VA 20132 · (571) 295-5900) ·info@nfpw.org · www.nfpw.org Media contact: Teri Ehresman, NFPW High School contest director, 208-521-5171, islandpark723@gmail.com PURCELLVILLE, VA – Students from throughout the United States are being honored for their outstanding communications efforts. Thirteen winners [...]

IWPA Announces 2020 High School Communications Contest Winners

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association proudly celebrates the winners of the 2020 High School Contest. This year, IWPA will move 12 first-place winners, representing three Illinois High Schools, on to compete in the National Federation of Press Women High School contest. Those students, categories and their schools are: Nick Decatoire, Jacob Habel, Lauren Courtney, Andrew [...]

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association High School Contest

IWPA offers Illinois high school students the opportunity to participant in the Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest on the state level as well as advance to the national spotlight in conjunction with the National Federation of Press Women. Entering is easy, inexpensive, rewarding and a fantastic professional or freelance resume boost. We encourage student communicators [...]

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 [...]

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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