It all began April 17, 1937…
On that day, the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association was founded during a luncheon at Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Hotel. Thirty women and one man set out to change a profession in which they believed women’s work was undervalued. These journalistic trailblazers enlightened editors and publishers to the fact that women were entitled not only to the same assignments, but the same pay as male coworkers.
Today about 100 PWPA members working statewide are still laboring on behalf of journalistic excellence. Both men and women appreciate PWPA’s opportunities to network with others in the profession. District meetings and regular mailings give everyone a chance to improve job skills. An annual “Excellence in Journalism” contest recognizes the year’s outstanding work. Plus, a college scholarship of at least $1,000 is awarded annually to a man or woman planning a career in print journalism.
The objective of PWPA shall be to promote high standards in journalism; to provide exchange of journalistic trends and experience; to advance in careers in journalism; to coordinate opinion on matters of state and national interest to journalists, in particular, those of women.
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