Association for Women in Computing

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Association for Women in Computing
FocusWomen in Computing
Area served
MethodProfessional organization

The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) is a professional organization for women in computing. It was founded in 1978 in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP).[1]


The purpose of AWC is to provide opportunities for professional growth for women in computing through networking, continuing education and mentoring.[1][2] To accomplish this they promote awareness of issues affecting women in the computing industry, further the professional development and advancement of women in computing, and encourage women to pursue careers in computer science. The AWC is a national, nonprofit, professional organization for women and men with an interest in information technology.[3]. It grants the Ada Lovelace Award to individuals who have excelled in either of two areas: outstanding scientific technical achievement and/or extraordinary service to the computing community through accomplishments and contributions on behalf of women in computing.[[1]]


AWC was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization, originally under the name National Association for Women in Computing.[4] The Puget Sound Chapter was founded in the winter of 1979 by Donnafaye Carroll Finger and Diane Haelsig. These two women read an article about a new association for women in computing and were soon discussing the formation of a Puget Sound Chapter. The Twin Cities Chapter of the AWC first met in December, 1979 and became a chartered chapter on May 6, 1981.[5]


AWC has chapters in:

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  1. ^ a b "Association for Women in Computing - Home". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ Gay, Martin K. (2000). Recent Advances and Issues in Computers. Oryx Press. p. 190. ISBN 1573562270.
  3. ^ "Association for Women in Computing - Puget Sound - Home". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ Mardesich, Jodi (17 October 1994). "Networking Groups Strive to Put Women Back in the Loop". InfoWorld. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "About AWC – AWC Twin Cities". Retrieved 1 February 2017.

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