The story of the National Federation of Press Women began when Helen Miller Malloch had a vision for a national organization comprised of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride of the Boston Post had as the press commissioner for the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial in New Orleans, La.
With Helen as its president, the Illinois Woman’s Press Association was interested in getting copyright legislation through Congress. With advances in radio, it became obvious to Helen state groups of women writers needed to band together for mutual benefits and legal protection for compensation of their literary work. She saw multiple advantages that national unification could offer its membership. From the founding of the organization in 1935 to her death at the 1963 convention Helen gave 28 years of her life to NFPW.
We celebrate the 40 presidents who helped shape the National Federation of Press Women in its first 76 years. These remarkable women have inspired, mentored and led by personal example. Each brought to the task more than just a willingness to serve. Collectively, they have been exceptional individuals weaving a rich heritage with each generation of members. Through their efforts the National Federation of Press Women remains a dynamic and relevant organization. This historical volume chronicles a glimpse of the spirit and resolve these leaders unselfishly committed to the success of the federation.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the National Federation of Press Women Education Fund and to the Illinois Woman’s Press Association Education Fund.