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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.

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 [...]

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 Chicago’s [...]

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 Lucille Hecht (IWPA archives) in defining that Near North Side neighborhood. It is uniquely Chicago. Years ago, when forces were coming together to create the first art [...]

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 Helen Miller Malloch 20th president of IWPA for a national organization of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride from the Boston Post had in 1884, [...]