American Women in Radio and Television
(AWRT) is a national non-profit organization
for professionals in radio
, and other electronic media
Founded in 1951, AWRT currently has several chapters across the U.S. and has its headquarters just outside the District of Columbia. Since the beginning, AWRT has worked to improve the quality of broadcast programming and the image of women as depicted in radio, television and cable. AWRT's mission is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and associated industries by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members.
AWRT was formed in 1951 when the National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) discontinued its women's division, the Association of Women Directors (AWD). The NAB Board approved the development of a new organization and offered complete cooperation and assistance until the new organization could work out the details of separate operation. The following year, more than 280 women gathered to approve the structure of the new organization.
In 1960, AWRT established The Foundation of AWRT. The Foundation of AWRT supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and communication and associated industries.
The Foundation of AWRT annually hosts The Gracie Awards in New York City. Inspired by radio and television star, Gracie Allen, The Gracie Awards honor programming made for women, by women, and about women.
Over the past few years, AWRT has worked hard to promote ownership opportunities for women and minorities in the communications industry. AWRT supports the effort to enhance equal employment opportunity for women and minorities in communication effective and efficient. AWRT is also involved in the efforts to improve and diversify telecommunication and media industry ownership.
AWRT publishes a quarterly magazine, Making Waves
. Each issue includes articles about the latest in legislation, radio and television, and industry news.
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