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          The Association for Women in Communications


AWC History

A History of Innovation
Since the early days of print journalism, The Association for Women in Communications has evolved to become the overarching association to unite communicators across a vast spectrum of disciplines–from print and broadcast journalism, to graphic design, photography, public relations, advertising, marketing, new media and much more.

Learn more about AWC’s history by reviewing our timeline above.

See our list of past AWC chairs and presidents »

AWC historical photos from AWC’s 100th anniversary DVD, courtesy of Nancy Wright, AWC Seattle Chapter.

Video: “Follow your bliss.” AWC National Chair Maria Henneberry relates this key message to our membership with AWC. Listen to her speech from the 2013 AWC National Conference held in Springfield, Illinois.” (Courtesy of Lisa Angle, who is a director on the AWC National Board).


First Amendment Rights

ince 1909, The Association for Women in Communications has been guided by the following principles:
  • to promote the advancement of women in all fields of communications,
  • to work for the First Amendment rights and responsibilities of communicators,
  • to recognize distinguished professional standards throughout the communications industry.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Issues

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.