Inaugural Meeting Minutes
On March 8, 1922, some of the most famous newswomen in the world met to form a the New York Newspaper Women's Club. They appointed a board, and Emma Bugbee, who was named secretary, took these minutes:
“The first meeting of newspaperwomen was held at the Hotel Vanderbilt on Wednesday evening, March 8. 24 were present. It was noted to organize as The New York Newspaperwomen’s Club.”
“Miss Martha Coman was appointed temporary president, Miss Theodora Beau, treasurer, and Miss Emma Bugbee, secretary. The president was authorized to appoint a committee of five to attend to the details of organization.”
“It was agreed that membership should be limited to women who make newspaper work their profession. Active members to be those regularly employed, on salary or guarantee, on the editorial staff of the New York newspapers. Twenty-five dollars was named as the amount of the annual dues.” Emma Bugbee, Temporary Secretary
Reporter Helen Thomas speaks with President Jimmy Carter
Women’s rights activists Susan Walker Fitzgerald, Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch, and Maggie Murphy accompanied by New York Herald reporter Emma Bugbee circa 1910-1913. One of Bugbee’s early assignments was covering the weeks-long march of suffragists from New York City to Albany. Bugbee was one of the founders of the New York Newspaper Women’s Club and president in 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1934. She was a charter member and kept in touch with the club after moving to Rhode Island in 1976, and until her death in 1981. (Photo: Bain News Service *Ed’s note: the negative for this photograph would have been made of glass.)
Actress Mary Pickford plans the 1931 Front Page dinner with (seated from left): Marian Clyde McCarroll, Evening Post; Charlotte Payne, Chicago News; Anne Lee, Bronx Home News; Ethel Mockler, New York World; and Geraldine Sartain, World-Telegram. Standing (second from left) are Elsie McCormick, New York World, (left) Deborah Corle and (far right) Emma Bugbee, New York Herald Tribune.
A host of legendary reporters formed the reception committee of the New York Newspaper Women’s Front Page Ball, attended by Margaret Truman (far left). They included Dorothy O’Neill; Ethel Mockler; Marian Clyde McCarroll; Helen Rogers Reid, president of the New York Herald Tribune; Virginia Pope, and Anne O’Hare McCormick.
Then Governor Franklin D Roosevelt learns of a New York Newspaper Women’s Club event from (l-r): Marian Clyde McCarroll, Evening Post (seated); Anne Lee, Bronx Home News; Ethel Mockler, New York World; Charlotte Payne, Chicago News; and Deborah Corle, New York Herald Tribune.
Louella Parsons, Emma Bugbee, Kay Lawrence and Christina Kirk at a ceremony honoring Bugbee’s career at the New York Herald Tribune. Bugbee’s coverage of world events began with the sinking of the Titanic and continued through the 1960s. Lawrence was president of the Newswomen’s Club in 1960 and 1961. Kirk was the club’s president in 1963.