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The 1970s: New name, new strengths
After much discussion,Theta Sigma Phi put its strength behind passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, focusing the group's energy on women's social issues.

At the 1972 convention, delegates changed the name to Women in Communications, Inc. and allowed men to become active members. The delegates also called for more affirmative action to create more female journalism professors and to remove the discriminatory practices that impeded academic advancement.

In 1973, Women in Communications created an awards program (later named the Clarion Awards) to recognize excellence in communications. A new monthly, National Newsletter joined The Matrix in recording the group's news. WICI joined the national ERA coalition to fight the mounting opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment.

In 1979, WICI united with 11 communications organizations to found the First Amendment Congress, which works to preserve First Amendment rights.


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