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About WPCI

Founded in 1913, the Woman's Press Club of Indiana is a non-profit organization of media professionals in communication. It is a charter member and a current affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. WPCI welcomes men and women professional communicators and communication students into our membership.

Why we are the Woman's Press Club of Indiana

In 1913, when all big-city newsrooms were run by men, women could report only on society issues and were barred from the established press clubs. A few gutsy women who aspired to more in journalism began their own press club, Woman's Press Club of Indiana, with Hester Alverson Moffett as president.

Taking notes

When the ladies began to attend State House sessions and report on real issues of interest to women's rights (which the men ignored as unimportant), they suddenly found their stories were front page news and began the long trek toward freedom and equality.

Every so often, WPCI members vote on whether to change the name. We love our sons and husbands, some are also members, but we have always come to the conclusion that to throw away the name is to toss out our long and valued history and those marvelous women whose unsinkable spirits began this organization. So, we remain WPCI and men are welcome to join WPCI in pursuit of excellence in communication for both sexes.

Our Story

Woman's Press Club of Indiana observed its centennial year in 2013 with special programs and a new section of the website dedicated to its history:

Our officers:


Viv Sade, freelance journalist and blogger

Vice President

Elizabeth Granger, Indianapolis. Travel writer, retired high school publications adviser/journalism teacher


Marion Garmel, Indianapolis. Freelance writer, retired arts reporter

Julie Slaymaker

Julie Slaymaker, Indianapolis. Freelance writer

See the bylaws

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The fine print:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. -- First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
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Updated July 2017