Founders of Mrs. America

David & Elaine Marmel


Mrs. America

The “Mrs. America Competition” rich in history, was first held in 1938 and continued until 1968. In 1977, after a nine year hiatus, it was revived by David Z. Marmel, after his successful career in professional athletics and independent television production. He was instrumental in setting the new direction for the pageant and transforming the pageant into the multifaceted event it is today

Mrs. America was the first and remains the foremost competition for the married woman in America. Now in it’s 42nd year it is considered to be the premiere pageant for married women and has epitomized excellence, professionalism and the celebration of family values, and is supported by an office and full time director in every state in America and the District of Columbia. The winner of the Mrs. America crown will have an exciting year ahead with boundless opportunities to raise awareness for special causes as well as represent the modern married woman. Our present-day pageant, while maintaining its traditions, now seeks to recognize what David calls, “America’s greatest natural resource – the contemporary married woman.” The winner of the Mrs. America Competition represents America in the international Mrs. World Pageant. Thanks to Mr. Marmel for his vision and is why we have a Mrs. America Competition today!

David Marmel and Elaine Marmel

David Marmel and Elaine Marmel