The Foundation was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Today, the Foundation continues to support equality and diversity in the newsroom through its various programs and outreach endeavors. We also work to educate students and the public on the role of the free press. Our members and volunteers include seasoned Washington journalists with experience working for some of the nation’s most prestigious news outlets.
Our award-winning, nationwide oral history project includes comprehensive, full-life interviews with women journalists who have made significant contributions to society through careers in journalism since the 1920s.
Working in partnership with Washington DC-based news bureaus, we help create opportunities for women and minorities to pursue journalism internships. We help these bureaus create paid positions so future journalists from all economic backgrounds can obtain experience covering Congress and politics.
The Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Annual Congressional Dinner, brings together members of the Washington press corps, members of Congress, elected officials and other DC notables.