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Women were few in journalism when the National Federation of Press Women was envisioned in the 1930s and formalized in 1937. It was based in New Orleans, with plans to start chapters in all the states. Virginia came in as an affiliate in about 1958 with Virginia Press Women Inc., “to promote the highest ideals in journalism, to provide exchange of journalistic ideas and experiences, to offer continuing educational opportunities to members, and to serve the public’s right to know.”

We’re not “the girls in the newsroom” anymore. We’re all over the globe, on Capitol Hill, on disaster scenes, in war zones. We’re in marketing, public information, photography, graphics design. Yes, we have members that specialize in cooking, and weddings, and taking care of pets. But our members do the “hard stuff,” too — crime, politics, sports of all kinds. No one talked about “work stoppage” and “cooking” when television war correspondent Martha Raddatz moderated the vice presidential debate over national airwaves in the recent election.

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