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Journalism Award for Writing About Women’s Issues Opens 14th Annual Contest

Washington, D.C. – February 10, 2009 – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has announced the opening of the 14th Annual GFWC Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women. The contest seeks to honor a journalist whose writing demonstrates a concern for the rights and the advancement of women in our society; an awareness of women’s sensitivity, strength, and courage; and an attempt to counteract existing sexism.

The award is named in honor of Jane Cunningham Croly, a pioneering journalist who devoted her life to helping women improve their lives and expand their rights. Croly founded the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1890 to support women’s clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships, and other reforms. She also founded the New York Women's Press Club in 1889.

“The members of GFWC are ever-mindful of the important influence of Jane Croly,” said GFWC International President Rose M. Ditto, Ph.D. “This annual award is our way of supporting journalists who write about the kinds of issues and concerns that compelled Croly to create our organization and which she wrote about throughout her career.”

Entries for the 14th Annual Croly Award, to be presented in June 2009, along with an entry fee of $50 made payable to GFWC, must be postmarked by March 15, 2009. The contest is open to male and female writers who write in a staff or freelance capacity for print publications. The 2009 award winner will be notified by May 15, 2009. The Croly Award will be presented at GFWC’s 118th Annual International Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and airfare/expenses to attend Convention.

For more information, visit www.GFWC.org/CrolyAward.

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