The Life and Work of Dr. Donna Allen
Martha Leslie Allen
I had the privilege of working closely with my mother, Donna Allen, in the organization she founded, the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP). She had a remarkable ability to analyze issues, to articulate that analysis, and to transform her ideas into practice. For Donna, the most important issue to address was how to develop a viable communication system in which all people have the opportunity to speak for themselves, reaching the widest possible audience. For many of us, this still remains the most crucial issue.
The following is a brief account of Donna's life and the development of her philosophy on media democracy.
Donna was born in Petosky, Michigan, in 1920, the second of three children. She had two brothers to whom she was devoted. Looking back, she