(WOMENSENEWS)–1971. The National Press Club, like many other men-only clubs, agreed to allow women to join.

The National Press Club, founded in 1908, had totally excluded women and barred them from the premises until 1955, when women reporters were allowed into a balcony to hear speeches by prominent newsmakers. Helen Thomas of UPI and other women in the Washington press corps began a long campaign that finally gave them full and equal access to the club as members and to all its news making events.

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