National League of American Pen Women

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Marian Adele Longfellow O'Donoghue, from an 1896 publication.

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization for women.


The first meeting of The League of American Pen Women was organized in 1897 by Marian Longfellow O'Donoghue, a writer for newspapers in Washington D.C. and Boston. Together with Margaret Sullivan Burke and Anna Sanborn Hamilton they established a "progressive press union" for the women writers of Washington. [1]

Seventeen women joined them at first, professional credentials were required for membership and the ladies determined that Pen Women should always be paid for their work. By September 1898, members were over fifty members "from Maine to Texas, from New York to California." [1]

In 1921 the association became The National League of American Pen Women with thirty-five local branches in various states. [1]

The League's headquarters are located in the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in the DuPont Circle area of Washington. [1]

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Rise of Pen Women – 1897". Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A. (1928). Women of the West: A Series of Biographical Sketches of Living Eminent Women in the Eleven Western States of the United States of America. Los Angeles: Publishers Press. Retrieved August 6, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Mrs. A. E. Blanchard - 10 Jul 1926, Sat • Page 19". The Philadelphia Inquirer: 19. 1926. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Eugene Pen Women Fete New Members at Coffee Today at E. R. Pilgrim Home". The Eugene Guard. 1955-02-20. p. 32. Retrieved 2017-09-14 – via