Alliance for Women in Media
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is a non-profit, professional organization of women and men who work in the media and allied fields. With nearly 10,000 community members, the Alliance for Women in Media is proud to represent men and women engaged in all aspects of creating high-quality media and related services. Our Mission
The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.
The Alliance for Women in Media was formed in 1951 as successor to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) women's division. NAB voted approval of the new organization, offering complete cooperation and assistance. The following year, more than 280 women gathered to celebrate and approve the structure of American Women in Radio in Television (AWRT). In 2010, the organization changed its name to the Alliance for Women in Media, in order to better represent our commitment to women in all forms of electronic media.
In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. Our mission is to utilize the media to create positive change. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. Contributions and donations to our foundation may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor.
Name Change In 2010, American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) (now AWM) announced their name change to the Alliance for Women in Media. Sylvia Strobel, 2010 Chair of the National Board of Directors of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and the Foundation of AWRT, announced at the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on March 6, 2010 that AWRT will now be known as the Alliance for Women in Media. The name change was approved by an overwhelming majority vote of the membership in early 2010. The organization’s leadership began discussing a name change nearly two years ago as a part of its multi-year strategic planning process.
According to the organization, new name:
- Reflects the changes in the industry and marketplace;
- Resonates with the makeup of the organization’s membership; and
- Respects the 59-year legacy of the organization.
As a national organization, the Alliance for Women in Media takes positions on policy issues of importance to women. For the past several years, Alliance for Women in Media has worked hard to promote ownership opportunities for women in the communications industry and to support efforts to make equal employment opportunity rules for women in communications effective and efficient. We encourage you to support the advancement of women in the communications industry.
- "American Women in Radio & Television Changes Name to Alliance for Women in Media", Alliance for Women in Media, retrieved April 1, 2011.