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AWC Timeline






The time was 1909
and the place was the
University of Washington, the second university... 
Close to the end of
World War I in 1918,Theta Sigma Phi held its first national convention at...
 The 1920s brought
significant changes to Theta Sigma Phi. At the national
During the 1930s, opportunities for
women in other fields of communications... 





By 1940, Theta Sigma Phi had 39 student chapters and 23 alumnae chapters. World War II...
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The decade of the
1950s was challenging for female foreign correspondents
with the aftermath...
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During the ‘60s,
Theta Sigma Phi
continued to identify
new job opportunities
for members with articles in...
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The ‘70s began with more “firsts” by Theta Sigma Phi members.
Jean Pearson, a science writer...
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 The decade began with the establishment of the Vanguard Award in 1980 to recognize positive...
 Baby boomers dominated the work force. The Small Business Administration declared that in the...
 As AWC headed into
the new millennium,
the organization continued to hone its online presence...
 The Association for Women in Communications
celebrated 100 years
as an organization in Seattle at...
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. View video from AWC’s 100th anniversary DVD here.

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).